Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has become the latest star to quit Twitter after a suffering backlash from fans.
Actor Ashton Kutcher closed his account on the popular social networking website earlier this week after sparking outrage by 'Tweeting' in defense of fired U.S. college football coach Joe Paterno.
Kutcher subsequently relaunched his account and handed control to his management team.
Now "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer O'Connor has removed herself from the website after receiving a barrage of criticism from her online followers.
She tells V Magazine, "I've stopped Twitter now because, although it was fun for a while, I had to stop because I was getting too much abuse. Some people just take things so seriously, and things I was being funny about they would take terribly seriously.
"Plus, it's a bit of an addiction; you got to stop it at some point and get on with living."
In September, O'Connor sparked fears for her health after she wrote a Twitter message which suggested she was feeling suicidal. She later assured fans she had no plans to take her own life and wrote an open letter discouraging suicide.