Stephen Fry has announced he will be taking a break from Twitter.
The actor and author confirmed his three-month sabbatical from the social network in a message entitled ‘Away Away-O’ on Friday evening.
“Just a quick note to say that I’m going to be away until May,” he wrote. “During that time I will be taking a holiday from twitter and, with a few exceptions, not tweeting at all.”
His break from tweeting comes after weeks of intense media attention following his engagement to Elliott Spencer.
Fry, who announced he had married Spencer on Twitter, recently admitted deliberately leaking false information in order to deter reporters from their ceremony.
The 57-year-old is a regular Twitter user and has amassed over eight million followers with his updates and comments.
He said a number of prearranged tweets had been scheduled to go out automatically while he is away – which might explain the tweets posted just hours after he announced his absence.
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
1/19 On Being Bipolar
"There’s a moment in the film where I recognised that this was the last moment we filmed before this wave of depression came over me, and I was idiotic or victim enough, or whatever one wants to call it, of this mad compulsion."
2/19 On Taking Cocaine At Buckingham Palace
"I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame."
3/19 On His Age
"I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me."
4/19 On Swearing
"It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing."
5/19 On TV
"I don't watch television. It destroys the art of talking about oneself."
6/19 On Happiness
"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
7/19 On Technology
"One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
8/19 On Being On Stage
"You are who you are when nobody's watching."
9/19 On Education
"Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars."
10/19 On Creativity
"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
11/19 On Journalism
"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good."
12/19 On Love
"Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave."
13/19 On The English Accent
"A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a brilliance that isn't there."
14/19 On Being An Author
"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."
15/19 On Homosexuality
"I’ve never wanted one extra gay person in the world, there are plenty of us around."
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16/19 On Christmas
"Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better to arrive."
17/19 On Clichés
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me."
18/19 On Smoking
"I think I have always linked smoking and sex. Maybe this is where I have been going wrong all my life."
19/19 On Homophobia
"Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobic."
Fry also took the opportunity to stress that he does not “attend at all to direct messages”, telling the “friendly types” who send them: “It is simply impossible for me even to look at them, let alone respond to them, and have anything close to a life. I am sure you understand.”
Fry took a break from social media last year, which he said was due to “contractual reasons” while he was filming in Mexico.
“The insurance company decided that I shouldn’t tweet for fear of kidnapping and things like that,” he told television host Alan Carr in December.
“They didn’t want me to reveal where I was, and they thought it was too complicated to make me insist that so long as I didn’t tweet where I was, because you know, it’s almost impossible, they just said, ‘Don’t tweet, no social networking’."
It is not known if his current leave from Twitter is due to similar contractual reasons.Reuse content