We discovered early on that Daisy Ridley is a precious little angel being who must be protected at all costs. She’s simultaneously the sweetest little cinnamon roll and the fiercest strong independent woman out there (hello, Star Wars and Lara Croft). Basically, she’s everything we wish we could be.
Not only is she our real-life hero, Ridley has been the Instagram goddess we don’t deserve. Her posts are always real and earnest, covering those personal topics many stars shy away from. Remember when she talked about her endometriosis and encouraged everyone to take care of their bodies? Remember when she talked about self-esteem and then reminded us that it’s okay not to feel 100% all the time? Remember when she blasted people for saying she wasn’t a ‘real woman’ because she didn’t have curves? We didn’t deserve her, and now we’ve lost her. (Side note: all aforementioned posts are still on her Facebook)
After the Teen Choice Awards, Ridley took to Instagram to talk about how moved she was by a tribute and call to action by Jessica Alba and a group of teens affected by gun violence.
She posted an excited selfie (using the Snapchat close-up filter because she’s adorable) and wrote, ‘Thinking about how lucky I am like……… Serious bit: as I sat in the audience yesterday tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came on stage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must #stoptheviolence.’
Naturally, as when anyone expresses an opinion online, the haters came out to play. Ridley received a slew of messages from the pro-gun crowd arguing against her post, telling her she had no real knowledge on the subject and encouraging her not-so-politely to stay away from politics altogether. And the backlash wasn’t limited to people who disagreed with her statements either. The anti-gun crowd had a lot to say too, labeling her a hypocrite for the violence in Star Wars films. She deleted the post and her entire account shortly after.
According to The Nerdy Bird, Ridley came back online for a short period of time to tell followers that she’s quitting Instagram because she wants to get off her phone and be ‘more present.’ She followed with, ‘It’s all good 🙂 I always appreciate the support and love the Instagram community.’ Way to take the high road, Daisy.
We’ll definitely miss her inspiring and relatable Instagram posts but it looks like we still might get some great selfies on her Facebook. Hopefully our precious Instagram Princess isn’t gone for good.