KSI quits Twitter saying users are 'ready to cancel and destroy your legacy'

Julia Hunt
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KSI at the world premiere of his documentary KSI:Can't Lose at the Picturehouse in central London.
KSI has quit Twitter. (PA)

Rapper KSI has quit Twitter, saying it’s full of people “ready to cancel & destroy your legacy for breathing incorrectly”.

The YouTube star – who was recently in the headlines when he apologised for his past use of a transphobic slur – said he used to be a big fan of the platform but that his time on it had come to an end.

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“Twitter used to be an amazing place where you could connect with people in different communities & communicate without any problems,” he posted.

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“Now it’s just full of pretentious people that are ready to cancel & destroy your legacy for breathing incorrectly.

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“And on that note, I’m out.”

KSI’s exit comes just weeks after he was accused of using a transphobic slur and misgendering a trans woman in a video.

KSI performing in concert on February 1, 2020 at Islington Academy in London, England, UK.
KSI performing in concert in February 2020 at Islington Academy in London. (zz/KGC-138/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 2/1/20)

The star, 27, responded to criticism on Twitter, tweeting: “Hold up, people actually think I’m transphobic?”

A fan then explained what people were upset about, and KSI said he had not meant to misgender anyone and that he had not realised the word he used was offensive.

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He said in another post: “My bad for saying transgender slurs.

"Honestly didn’t even know they were slurs.

"I know now though.”

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He later posted saying that people needed to “stop with the hate”.

“On all sides. Including people who support me. Life’s too short to be angry and hateful towards other people. Only way we advance is with positivity,” he said.

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KSI – real name Olajide "JJ" Olatunji – rose to fame through his YouTube videos and then started to release music.

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His singles include Really Love and Don’t Play, and he unveiled his debut studio album Dissimulation last year.

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