Thanks largely to his time in the MCU, Tom Holland has become one of the biggest young stars in the entire film industry. His last appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home only took it to new heights, as that film became the highest-grossing non-Avengers film in MCU history behind a masterful performance by Holland.
During his time in the MCU, Holland’s social media presence became quite regular, amassing nearly 75 million combined followers on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He’s used that presence for a lot more than promoting his films too, also acting as a big part of The Brother’s Trust, a charity set up by Holland’s family that helps fund and support charities others in need.
But now, after a noticeable drop in posts from Holland following There is no way homeIn his announcement, the actor shared a message updating fans about his future on social media.
The Spider-Man star is leaving social media
MCU star Tom Holland took over Instagram to share that he is quitting social media, having deleted the Instagram and Twitter apps from his devices.
Holland returned only temporarily to share the decision in a three-minute video, letting fans know he’s staying offline in order to take care of his mental health. He also took time during the video to promote Stem4 Teenage Mental Health Charity and The Brothers Trust, his charity, in a stand to support mental health for all.
The Spider-Man star included the following caption:
“Hello and goodbye… I’ve taken a break from social media for my mental health but felt compelled to come here to talk about Stem4. Stem4 is one of the many charities The Brothers Trust is extremely proud of supported – and I’d like to take a moment to highlight their fantastic work. Please take the time to watch my video and if you feel inclined to share it with anyone who might resonate – it would be greatly appreciated. There is a link in my bio to The Brothers Trust Shop where you can buy a t-shirt and help us continue to help these wonderful charities thrive. Love to you all and let’s talk about mental health”
Holland opened the video with the following message, noting how “over stimulants” AND “big” both Twitter and Instagram can be for him, which led him to leave both for the foreseeable future:
“Hey guys. So I’ve been trying to make this video for about an hour now, and for someone who’s been acting for 13, 14 years, however long I’ve been acting … I can’t tell what to do. say no ‘um-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ every five minutes so I’ll try again I’ve taken a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter too stimulating, overwhelming, I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online, and ultimately, it’s very damaging to my mental state, so I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”
Holland’s full video can be seen below:
Tom Holland takes a step back from Spotlight
As of August 2022, Tom Holland has more Instagram followers than any MCU star outside of Groot actor Vin Diesel, growing in popularity greatly over the last half decade. After being the lead actor in the biggest pop-culture movie since Avengers: Endgamehe has achieved a level of fame that very few actors achieve, and it seems to have taken a toll on him.
Being a Hollywood actor at any level in Hollywood can be mentally demanding and challenging as fans and media talk about their favorite movie stars, especially with the current 24/7 climate that social media brings today. There’s also a massive portion of that discussion that can be negative, and no matter where it’s coming from, stars like Holland can’t avoid getting those comments every day.
Holland only recently turned 26, which should remind fans just how young he still is after his 6-year run in the MCU as Spider-Man. His public relationship with Spider Man co-star Zendaya also regularly keeps her in the public eye, and he has discussed on numerous occasions how stressful it can be for the two of them growing up together.
It is unknown if Holland will return to social media, but that decision will be up to him to make when he feels the time is right to do so. With only a few projects on his resume in the near future before his possible return as Peter Parker in Undated Spider-Man 4the MCU star will hopefully have the opportunity to make his life as comfortable as possible as he promotes the same mental health for everyone.