When you’re young and in love, letting the world know how much you adore your new SO can feel more important than eating–breathing, even. Lovebirds Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande were the perfect example. The pair made some pretty public displays of affection–smiling selfies, inside joke posts on each other’s social–since announcing their relationship-turned-engagement earlier this year. It was sort of like watching your bff fall in love for the first time: cringeworthy with a spoonful of cute.
But those sweet comments on each other’s Insta posts are now a thing of the past. Davidson and Grande have both announced a social media hiatus, effective immediately. Thanks, trolls! How’s a gal gonna get her Pete-iana fix now?
Specifically, 25-year-old Grande is stepping away from Twitter and Insta, and she’s disabled commenting for the latter. But one hardcore fan noticed the singer was still uploading pics to Snapchat.
“i’m prolly gonna post on der [sic] for a little while & take a breather from twitter & ig for a little. just sometimes can’t help but bump into some negative shit that really can bum u out and it’s not worth it honestly,” Grande wrote on Twitter in response to her hawk-eyed supporter.
So, fewer IGs and tweets from Ari, but do expect a puppy-dog-face filter snap here or there.
Davidson, however, is taking a more extreme approach to his digital detox. The comedian has deleted every single photo and video ever uploaded to his 2.2-million followers on Instagram. The 24-year-old added an IG Story Monday afternoon explaining the decision to archive his content, assuring fans his real life is “f*king lit.”
“No nothing happened. No there’s nothing cryptic about anything. I just don’t wanna be on Instagram anymore. Or on any social media platform,” he wrote. “The internet is an evil place and it doesn’t make me feel good. Why should I spend any time on negative energy when my real life is f*king lit. The fact that I even have to say this proves my point. I love you all and I’m sure I’ll be back at some point.”
Fans are wondering if the couple’s social break was sparked by the (totally uncalled for) outrage around Davidson’s most recent IG comment on his fiancé’s page. Grande had uploaded a photo of her and her late grandfather, announcing the four-year anniversary of his passing. Davidson left the comment “omg what a cutie” on the snap, and some fans (or haters, perhaps?) lost it, calling him out for “inappropriate” remarks.
Davidson then defended himself in the comments section: “Are you guys all insane? I was talking about how cute her grandpa is. What’s wrong with that? You guys will really look for anything to attack people. It’s sad.”
After that debacle, Grande clapped back on Twitter:
the energy u put out is exactly what u get back,
please create a beautiful life for yourselves
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 23, 2018
Perhaps there’s a lesson here for all of us: social media can be toxic, so use sparingly. Plus, this digital detox will give Grande and Davidson the chance to enjoy their lit lives in real time, and not document every second.