Heartbreak High star quits social media after online trolling: 'Horrific abuse'

Chloe Hayden has announced she's quitting social media after relentless online abuse.

Australian actress Chloe Hayden has quit social media after facing relentless abuse online, announcing that she's handing over her social media accounts to her management.

Chloe shot to fame in her role as autistic teenager Quinni on Heartbreak High, a character she helped write and develop with her own input and insight.

On Monday, Chloe put out a statement on Instagram saying she was not going to be monitoring her social media anymore.

CW: The below article discusses suicide.

"Over the last year, I have been inundated with several dozen death threats, detailed suicide prompts and horrific, intricate abuse each and every day," she wrote.

"It’s inescapable, and is deeply affecting my mental and physical well-being."

Heartbreak High's Chloe Hayden
Heartbreak High's Chloe Hayden. Photo: Getty

Chloe went on to say her management would take over her accounts and that hate speech and threats would be reported to the authorities.

"Suicide is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 44. Autistic people are 9 times more likely to die by suicide," she said.

"Because of this, my life expectancy is 35. I refuse to allow my platform to contribute to that statistic."

Chloe said taking these steps was vital in keeping her and her community safe.


"My platforms were built to be a welcoming, safe, open haven, and my mission has always been kindness and love. It devastates me that these values aren’t being shown right now," she said.

"My connection and communication with you all is something I’ve always found so special and that I cherish and value so deeply; but is something we don’t currently have the privilege of doing."

'Absolutely not OK'

People were quick to send their support to Chloe.

"This is absolutely not OK Chloe and I’m so sorry this is happening to you," podcaster and former Goggleboxer Yvie Jones said. "I’m so glad you have made this decision but I wish you and others didn’t have to. Much love to you. You’re amazing."

"Proud of you for putting up boundaries to protect your mental health!!!" digital creator Rebecca Faith Crews commented.

"To her team: thank you for stepping in & keeping Chloe safe," another person commented. "To Chloe: we love you so much and I hope someday YOUR accounts can be a safe place for you."

"This is actually devastating to read. So sorry you have to go through this," someone else said. "Lost a friend last month. Stay strong, tomorrow needs you."

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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