Jennifer Love Hewitt leaves Twitter

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Actress shuts herself out of micro-blogging site to avoid 'negativity'

RETIRING FROM TWITTER. Jennifer Love Hewitt will be missed by her more than 600,000 Twitter followers

MANILA, Philippines – “Twitter is no longer for me,” said Jennifer Love Hewitt in a tweet on July 3. 

A series of posts on the micro-blogging site officially ended her use of Twitter account @TheReal_Jlh. The 34-year-old star of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” star said “this break is needed” because of “all the negativity people choose to send on Twitter as well as threats to [their] own well being.”

She added, “Life should be filled with positivity and holding each other up, not making threats and sending bad vibes. To those of you who made it a joy, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The actress has more than 600,000 Twitter followers.





Hewitt’s announcement came at a time of profound changes in her life. US Weekly reported in June that the actress is engaged to Brian Hallisay, her costar in the 2010 television film, “The Client List.” She is also pregnant with her first child with Hallisay.

Hewitt’s move is a bold one given that many celebrities use Twitter to connect with fans. But use of the site by famous personalities has always been a double-edged sword. Aside from tweets of support and adulation, celebrities also often get attacked by netizens.

Controversial tweets can endanger reputation and the goodwill of fans and can wreck careers. Chris Brown’s Twitter battle with comedian Jenny Johnson got his Twitter account suspended and, for many, this cemented Brown’s “bad boy” image.

Lady Gaga’s tweets on dieting (with hashtag “#PopSingersDontEat) compromised her image of self-acceptance and empowerment, with critics calling her a “hypocrite.” – With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com

Jennifer Love Hewitt image from Shutterstock

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