Alessia Cara took short social media break due to negative comments after Grey Cup performance

David Friend, Canadian Press

Alessia Cara made a sudden return to social media saying she doesn’t want nasty comments to sway her from interacting with fans after performing at halftime during the 2018 Grey Cup.

The 22-year-old singer from Brampton, Ont., posted on her Twitter account, calling her brief exit from the platform the “shortest break ever.”

Earlier in the week the Grammy-winning pop artist announced she was taking a break from both Twitter and Instagram, saying she needed “some time away” from the sometimes vicious messages sent to her by strangers.

Cara says the comments – captured in a post she’s since deleted – reflect “a way larger issue” with online bullying.

“When you say those things to somebody, even if you’re trolling or just trying to make a joke, it makes that person’s day that much harder – at least speaking for myself,” Cara said.

“It gives people a platform to not only put people against each other but feel like they can say whatever they want to anybody all of the time. It sucks and it doesn’t feel good.”

Her decision was accompanied by screen shots from her Twitter account that showed users criticizing her appearance and firing obscenities at her.

But Cara’s exit was brief, which she acknowledged is partly because her new album “The Pains of Growing” is due for release on Friday.

“It wouldn’t be fair to leave you guys hanging during album time,” Cara wrote to her fans on Twitter.

“You’ve always showed up for me and I want to show up for you, not let this period be tainted by my sensitivity toward hits to my ego. I want to set a better example than that.”

Cara expressed surprise that her decision to temporarily leave Twitter and Instagram captured as much attention as it did.

“I’m taking my own steps to navigate this weird thing called the internet in hopes that I can maintain a healthier, more positive environment for both me and you. I hope you do the same,” she added.

Cara urged her fans to be more considerate in their online messages.

“It’s a weird world, and a weird time – it’s already hard to navigate on its own,” she said.

“We don’t need to be making each other’s lives harder.”

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