Nicki Minaj’s Twitter tantrum loses her millions of followers

Pop superstar Nick Minaj has rejoined Twitter, just one week after storming away from the service and her eleven million followers.

She was previously one of the most followed people on the social network, and regularly engaged with her fans individually.

Indeed, she told Graham Norton this week how important it was to her to communicate with fans in this way.

She said that “a voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did,” Minaj said during an interview in the UK.  “I had 11 million followers and I hope they will wait for me.”

However, her final Tweet before the hiatus indicated differently, reading:

“Like seriously, its but so much a person can take. Good f–king bye,”


The deletion came soon after she was criticised by a fan site who accused her of posting illegal music, but Minaj says that had nothing to do with her actions. She told Capital FM:

“I just needed a moment to myself. Because some page posted things about me — I mean, I’ve read horrible things about myself. I wouldn’t delete my Twitter over that.”


It took Nick Minaj a little while to regain the significant chunk of the following she left behind, and is still three million followers behind where she was after fans left her.

No doubt as she starts chatting with her fans again that they will come flooding back!! Most of her original Tweets are still there too after she reactivated her account.

The singer isn’t the only celeb in recent times to get fed up with the microblogging service though. Matt Lucas quit the site after receiving abuse about the death of his former partner, and football pundit Stan Collymore also deleted his account after receiving racist abuse in the wake of speaking out against Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

Manchester City and England full back Micah Richards, and singer Sinead O’Connor have also got rid of their accounts. Other celebrities have silenced their Twitter for charity. Lady Ga Ga, Ryan Seacrest, Justine Timberlake and Usher all stayed logged out in support of Alisha Keye’s Keep a Child Alive charity.

We all get frustrated with social networks at time, and it must be much more intense for superstars than for us mere mortals. While Nicki Minaj claims that ” “A voice in my head told me to delete my Twitter and that’s what I did,” I can’t help but think that her Twitter tantrum has worked out rather well for her, promoting her online presence far more than if she simply had gone quiet for a couple of days, calmed down, and come back to the service. The first Tweet back was in support of a brand new video.

You can follow Nicki Minaj once again via her original @NickiMinaj handle.

  • Anthony

    No she didn’t lose millions of followers. After you deactivate and then reactivate your account, it takes days for Twitter for restore the followers and all of your tweets. She even tweeted about it.

  • Chris Norton

    I think Anthony may have a point.

  • Dane Cobain

    Badly written article. I presume that ‘Justine Timberlake’ is ‘Justin Timberlake’ and ‘Alicia Keye’ is ‘Alicia Keys’. Let’s not even mention the grammar and formatting errors…

  • Amanda

    Seriously? Who cares?!

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