Noah Cyrus says she became suicidal because of internet trolls
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Noah Cyrus opened up about how internet trolls made her believe that her life wasn’t worth living and drove her to thoughts of suicide.
And social media can be a big problem for many people, with scores of people queuing up to devalue the work of anyone attempting to speak for themselves, as well as just outright trolling and insulting celebrities.
And it does have an impact, it would seem.
The 23-year-old spoke honestly about how she has been made to feel in an Instagram story, which has now become unavailable to view.
Cyrus was even given abuse after her engagement announcement, and shared her feelings about those online comments.
She wrote: “Since I've announced something so pure and happy for me and my life the internet and commenters have been working so hard to take the joy, love and happiness from me.”
She went on to say how she was described as ‘ugly’ and had people ‘commenting on my face and body as you all did when I was 11-12 years old, when I was just forming my brain’.
Cyrus continued: “I was lead [sic] to believe by these same people on the internet that myself that little girl self didn't deserve to live because she was not good enough and did not reach your beauty standards,
“I’ve been reminded again today how deeply f***ed up the internet is and how it turned me against myself and lead [sic] myself to believe I should kill myself, wasn’t worth living, ended up suicidal and depending on drugs.”
The singer went on: "I worry so deeply for the children growing up on the internet and for my own children. no one deserves the words I've read today.”
She added that she feels ‘lucky’ to be in a place where such comments can’t make her ‘hurt’ herself right now.
Her first post finished: "The internet is hell on earth and we're all here together.
“Have a good day.”
Then, in a second post, she explained how she wanted to defend others against being hurt by ‘these same words being told to them and far worse’.
“We live in 2023 we have GOT to stop judging people for who they love, what they look like, where they come from, and how THEY live THEIR lives.” she added.
“People are losing their lives to these types of words."
In conclusion, she said that the hate was ‘murderous words that you people drop at the press of a button and there is never any accountability held.’
“I'm so tired of seeing it on the daily. it really makes me sick,” Cyrus ended.
Whether you like her or not, whether you have any opinion whatsoever, it’s worth thinking about what she’s saying her, and maybe about the impact of your own words.
And she’s right, we are all here together.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123
For US readers, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org