Kanye West has made the decision to step away from one of his social media channels, deactivating his Instagram without much of an explanation as to why.
On Tuesday afternoon (April 18), Ye posted a photo to Instagram essentially filling out the form to be one click away from temporarily deactivating his account.
Minutes later, he followed through with his departure as the link to Kanye’s IG is currently broken as of press time.
Check out the farewell post below:
Kanye West bids farewell to Instagram as he deactivates his account 👀https://t.co/52WCdDsvQr pic.twitter.com/dEmWi9zeZ8
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) April 18, 2023
This isn’t the first time Kanye West has stepped away from social media. He previously deactivated his IG in October 2018 and then again in September 2020 in response to the backlash to his Saturday Night Live performance and support for Donald Trump where he donned the red MAGA cap.
More recently, Kanye was suspended by Instagram following his antisemitic remarks in October 2022 and then suspended from Twitter by his friend Elon Musk in December 2022 after posting an image that included a Swastika.
The Chicago-bred rapper appears to be wanting to lay low and spend time with his new wife, Bianca Censori, as he’s reportedly shut down plans for a 2024 presidential run, according to The Daily Beast.
“After once working together to elect West — or at least get him more attention through media appearances on fringe outlets like InfoWars — West campaign staffers like Fuentes, Jan. 6 rally organizer Ali Alexander, and British provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos have turned on one another,” the outlet wrote.
This infighting has reportedly turned the DONDA rapper off from taking the campaign further, with documentary filmmakers and advisers alike put off from the idea altogether — and West is fine with that, too.
“Right now, I am living my life — like I’m concentrating on the school, The Donda Academy, and my new wife, and my kids, and that’s it,” West told documentary filmmaker Adam Camacho, who was hired to document the presidential campaign. “I just want to be left alone.”