Iggy Azalea quits social media, ‘ugliest reflection of man kind there is’

Rapper Iggy Azalea

Rapper Iggy Azalea

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After several social media spats, rapper Iggy Azalea is “taking some time away from social media” and handing the controls over to her management team.

The “Fancy” and “Booty” emcee’s move comes after photos surfaced over the weekend showing her while she was vacationing in Hawaii with beau Nick Young of the Lakers.

Azalea, whose real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, was criticized for having cellulite in a photo that showed her bending over.


“Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol,” the 24-year-old tweeted Wednesday before unleashing her tirade on Internet trolls.

“I just want to have peace and relaxation time without a perve with long distance lense hiding out taking pictures, everyone deserves peace,” she added.

She has been no stranger to feuds -- becoming the target of rappers Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip and Nicki Minaj. The Aussie rapper, who is white, been called out for appropriating black culture with her “blaccent” and has been harshly criticized about race and her level of talent.

The radio-friendly blond was also a topic of debate when her album “The New Classic” earned a Grammy nomination in the rap album category that several performers in that genre, including J. Cole and Azealia Banks, thought she didn’t deserve. (Eminem ended up picking up his sixth Grammy Award in the category when the winners were unveiled earlier this month.)

In a series of tweets, Azalea bid farewell to her fans, followers and frenemies.

“I feel the hatred and pettiness i see online at all times is at making me become an angry person and I cannot be that,” she wrote, adding, “To become nasty because of the way I feel iam treated would be a disservice to my fans and I promise i will try to keep smiling.”

Then she let her fans know that she was “taking some time away from social media.”

“I need to be happy and it is too negative and draining,” she said.

Azalea noted that her management team would helm her accounts “unless any message is signed -IA.” (That’s similar to how the @BarackObama Twitter account is run, with a “-bo” signature indicating a post from the president himself.)

She then she unleashed her final dig, tweeting: “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of man kind there is.”

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