Everyone has experienced that moment – you press send on your phone, then your heart starts racing, realising you posted the wrong thing at the wrong time. Luckily, for the majority of us, we can quickly delete our mistake without anyone noticing, however, celebrities are not so lucky. Only seconds after posting online, stars with millions of followers will have their post turned into a screenshot and now that picture belongs to the internet forever.
These following stars all attempted to get away with deleting these photos – only minutes after they posted too. For some, the reasons were quite obvious but in other cases, it’s unknown why they chose to hit delete. Only a few months, Taylor Swift decided to delete all the photos from her entire Instagram; she also removed her profile picture and unfollowed everyone before the release of her new track Look What You Made Me Do.
Other celebs have suffered social media anxiety including Kendall Jenner who told Ellen Degeneres, “I just wanted to detox. I just wanted a little bit of a break. I’m always on it. I would wake up in the morning and I would look at it first thing. I would go to bed, and it was blasting.”
For whatever reasons these following celebs decided these photos had to go. They wanted to bury it for good but instead they will haunt them every time they log in online.
17. The Weeknd’s Photo Of Selena Looking At Art Had To Be Buried
When Selena Gomez and The Weeknd (real name Abel) first started dating at the start of this year, fans were unsure if it was the real deal or just tabloid rumors. Then the pair went on a string of dates together and stopped at Italian museums to take in some culture. Abel posted the above photo of Selena admiring some artwork to his Instagram but this was very quickly deleted. Maybe it was Selena’s management who demanded he removed it?
Sadly, their romance is a thing of the past now and since their split, Selena has been spotted with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber four times in less than two weeks. First, they attended church together, then they both appeared at Selena’s home, they were spotted enjoying a vegan brunch together in California, then out on their bikes together the following day. Abel might not care so much as he was spotted grinding with a mystery woman in a nightclub – we all heal from heartbreak in different ways.
16. Katy Perry Screamed At Her (Now Ex) Husband To Delete Awful Photo
Way back when Katy Perry and Russell Brand were husband and wife, she would rarely step outside without her signature big hair, bold makeup and creative sense of style. Then, one unsuspecting morning the Chained To The Rhythm singer was snapped in bed, first thing in the morning, without her wig or face on. Her husband then decided to be a true comedian and posted the unflattering picture online.
Katy likely screamed at her husband to take the photo down as it was deleted from Twitter almost instantly but her startled face had already been captured by fans. They divorced in 2012 and Russell mocked Katy during a standup routine branding her life with her as nothing more than “vapid, vacuous, plastic, constructed, mindless celebrity.” Way to add insult to injury, Russell.
15. Taylor Swift Deleted This Coachella Photo – Still Nobody Knows Why
One of pop culture’s biggest mysteries is why Taylor Swift deleted this photo of her in the crowd at Coachella. Sporting a freshly bleached haircut (which was named “Bleachella” by her fans), Taylor was reaching out from the crowd for her then-boyfriend Calvin Harris as he performed This Is What You Came For with Rihanna. Then as quickly as it appeared – the snap was gone. Was it the clearly visible faces of others in the crowd? Was it that she came across as desperate for her boyfriend’s attention? Or did she just not like the lighting? These are questions we may never have the answer to.
When the couple split months later, Taylor went on an erasing spree and rubbished all photos of shared moments with Calvin – yes, even ‘Swan Goals.’ Like the lyrics of her track Blank Space, she must have been singing, “So it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”
14. Kylie Jenner In Big Trouble Over A Set Of Polaroids
Kylie Jenner thought she could get away with posting a series of sultry polaroids to Snapchat as long as she used two tiger emojis to cover her modesty. She was wrong. The uploads, which she scattered across her marble kitchen worktop, showed her in see-through lingerie and was almost instantly deleted. Probably after a phone call from her momager going crazy over the fact she’s just 19-years-old.
The snaps came not long after the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner siblings created a shocking calendar after she posed for controversial photographer Terry Richardson. In one shot she appeared in just stockings and a vest that read: “Insert Money Here” and another she was stripped down to her underwear with cake rubbed over her skin. Richardson has faced criticism before over his predatory behavior when it comes to shooting young models.
13. Kim Zolciak Removes Selfie After Her Pout Is Trolled Hard
Poor Kim Zolciak, all she wanted was to share a selfie with her fans, score a few hundred likes and have a nice day. But when the Real Housewives of Atlanta shared this huge pout with her 2.6 million followers and received an instant backlash from online trolls. One fan commented, “Eeeeeek! You look nothing like yourself” and another insulted her with, “You look so ugly.”
Kim deleted the pouty pic and replaced this with a picture of her on the beach. She raged at the trolls, “I’m so f****** over all you bullying trolls! You sit behind a computer screen with your fake profile pictures. Do me a favor hit UNF***INFOLLOW.Get off my page!!!” I don’t want your negative energy on my page, I don’t want to share any part of my incredible life (REMEMBER we all have the same 24hrs) with you. You are jealous and it’s a disease. FIX YOUR LIFE!” Well that sure told them, Kim.
12. Hulk Hogan Deletes Photo of Brooke That Creeped Everyone Out
Retired professional wrestler Hulk Hogan creeped everyone out when he posted a picture of his daughter Brooke in a minidress to Twitter with the caption: “Brooke’s legs.” Hogan started seriously crossing into “creepy old guy” terrority especially as it appeared Brooke was unaware the photo was being taken as she just gazed straight ahead. The snap was deleted following a lot of concerned comments from his fans.
Brooke is closer to her father due to a fall out she had with her mother, Linda Hogan, way back in 2009. She told E! News, “I look at the things she’s released and said about me and I’m like, how could I ever trust her again?” She was talking about Linda outing her daughter to the press for going under the knife during a breast enlargement operation. “How could I ever look at her and be like, ‘You kind of threw me in front of the bus in front of the whole world.’ Who does that to their kid?”
11. Justin Bieber Caught Cheating Whilst Sleeping
Justin Bieber was caught out cheating on one of his two girlfriends when American singer Katherine Gazda posted this creepy snap to Instagram with the caption: “Wake up sleepy head.” She also tagged the Looking For You singer in the post just to show everyone there was no denying she had just spent the night (…and what looks like part of the morning) with Biebs.
According to sources at the Daily Mirror, Bieber was introduced to Gazda “by mutual friend Blake Kelly and the romance quickly blossomed (and they) even discussed the prospect of having children.” Although things became complicated as the news also reported that at the same time Bieber had been “romancing bad girl Chantel Jeffries.” This photo was deleted and unsurprisingly neither of the girls stuck with Bieber.
10. Kendall Jenner Chose The Wrong Sweatshirt To Wear At Coachella
Kendall Jenner wore a sweatshirt to Coachella that was emblazoned with the slogan: “I have no t***.” She uploaded a photo of herself to Instagram but she decided to quickly delete this shortly after. It’s unknown if a member of her management team advised her this wouldn’t appeal to her friends or if she was suffering from social media anxiety – Kendall has deleted her Instagram in the past to take a break from social media when it became all too much.
Despite being proud of her slimline figure, Kendall is no stranger to body shamers as she told Harpers Bazaar, “I’m constantly criticised for being too skinny. I’m trying to gain weight but my body won’t let it happen. What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it’s not a nice feeling.”
9. Harry Styles Had An Accident – But Regretted Sharing It With The World
Sign of the Times singer and popstar playboy Harry Styles quickly removed a post he uploaded of his stained jeans which looked like he had an “accident.” If it was a sign of the ‘had too much to drink times’, then all that has changed since his songs now require him to hit higher notes. Styles confessed to The Sun, “On the first couple of tours it was so exciting as we’d have a drink and go to parties. But for me, the albums got higher so they become harder to sing so I knew if I didn’t come off stage and go to bed I wouldn’t be able to sing the next night.”
He added, “I usually go long stretches without having anything, have a couple of drinks and wake up feeling like s***, so I have another long stretch of not drinking.” When he was in his heavy drinking stage, he vomited on a sidewalk outside an L.A. nightclub and 1D fans made a sign that read: “Harry Styles threw up here 10-12-14.” Because that’s completely normal.
8. Rob Kardashian Forced To Remove Savage Photo Attacking Kim
Rob Kardashian had everyone speculating when he shared a picture of crazy Amy from the thriller movie Gone Girl – covered in blood – alongside the caption: “This is my sister Kim, the b**** from Gone Girl.” In an interview with Wonderwall magazine, his sister Khloe revealed that the post came after Rob had an argument with Kim over his reclusive behavior. She explained, “Rob has become very introverted and has a kind of social anxiety. He’s definitely not at his happiest place that he once was, and I know he can get to that happy place and he will.”
The hurtful picture was deleted and Kim shrugs off the whole event now. During an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, when Khloe laughed, “I loved when Rob called you the girl from Gone Girl” and Kim hit back, “He thinks he’s being funny.”
7. Scott’s Epic Instagram Fail Has Been Deleted But Not Forgotten
Scott Disick is the Lord of Epic Fails but even we thought he had more brains than this. Scott had one job to do and that was to promote BooTea Shake on his Instagram page when he was paid several thousands to take a picture with the product. Everything could have gone well but he included the promoters instructions in the caption.
The post read: “Here you go, at 4pm est, write the below. Caption: Keeping up the summer workout routine with my @booteauk protein shake!” Major facepalm. Scott is notorious for never learning from his mistakes and he messed up again when he was given the task of promoting Bright White Smile. The post read: “Tag @brightwhilesmile and please tag in the caption and on the actual photo.” Well – technically he did just what was asked of him even if this is not what these companies had in mind.
6. Kylie Jenner Was FIFTEEN When She Posted This
In 2007, Kylie Jenner was thrown into the spotlight when she was just 9-years-old. When she posted this controversial picture, fans were quick to criticize that she was growing up too fast as she was shockingly only 15-years-old. One fan tweeted: “Yo Kylie Jenner is growing up way too fast. She going to look 40 by the time she 20,” then another added, “She is an accident waiting to happen. Growing up too fast.” The snap was removed by either Kylie herself or a concerned adult like her momager Kris or Caitlyn (then-Bruce Jenner).
The truth is Kylie doesn’t really care if people believe she’s growing up too fast. She has a makeup line which is estimated to be valued at $1 billion in 2020, she’s previously been the face of Puma and Balmain, and owns a luxury $5 million home. Also, if the rumors are to be believed, she is starting a family and her first child is due early next year.
5. Blac Chyna Instantly Regretted This Throwback Pic
Blac Chyna had second thoughts after she posted this throwback picture because it was deleted from Instagram in almost minutes. She appeared without her signature wigs, plumped up lips and cheek piercings, and instead as her natural self – Angela White. She then posted a picture of her then-growing pregnancy bump instead, likely trying to avoid any comments from trolls over how much her image has changed throughout the years.
The haters still kept coming as the trolls put her on blast for gaining so much weight during her pregnancy with daughter Dream. She wrote online, “To all you people out here with negative comments and insecure words (obviously because you have nothing else to do but criticize the next) I AM HAVING A BABY!” She ranted, “Exactly what do you expect to see?! If I walked out in makeup and heels everyday to be beautiful to you means I WOULD BE MISERABLE AND UNHAPPY which are two vibes I refuse to transfer to my little one.”
4. Selena Gomez Selfie Liked 1 Million Times But Had To Go
Selena Gomez is the most followed person on Instagram so even when she does delete a photo she doesn’t like – the world has already seen it. She posted this racy shot, where she can be seen taking a selfie in a mirror wearing just a white halter neck top and leopard print underwear. The caption was simply: “Morning.” This likely caused her management team to freak out as it was taken down from her timeline – perhaps in a bid to protect her squeaky clean image.
Selena once topped the Most Liked Instagram chart with a photo taken after she went under the knife for a kidney transplant which was like 10 million times. (Beyonce’s twin announcement and birth stole the top two spots from her). Her second liked photo was a couple selfie with her ex-boyfriend The Weeknd that had fans hitting the like button a staggering 8 million times.
3. Kourtney & Khloe Forced Kim To Remove This Throwback Pic
Kim poked fun at her changing image with a series of throwback snaps but one picture that angered her sisters, Kourtney and Khloe, was this bikini snap from the earlier days of Keeping Up With The Kardashians taken during season one. She captioned the photo: “We went to Mexico for a swimwear shoot while we were filming season one and had a blast. We look like babies here LOL.” Her siblings clearly did not see the funny side and the photos were removed.
Kim also revealed that she no longer smiles at the paparazzi following some solid advice from her BFF Jonathan Cheban. She said, “Jonathan was like, ‘This has got to stop. Do you think Victoria Beckham sits and does all these interviews?’ Do you think everyone else has smiles on their faces? You are too happy, you are smiling way too much. Put your sunglasses on.’ You need a whole makeover and you need to stop talking and stop smiling”.’ We thought Kim owed her career to Paris Hilton but we were clearly wrong.
2. Hayley Williams Accidentally Shares Private Pic With The World
We’ve all been there – accidentally posting a tweet we were not meant to but we couldn’t help cringing when Paramore singer Hayley Williams really showed too much. She accidentally shared a naked selfie to her 5 million Twitter followers and her fans thought she had been hacked. The red-haired beauty then confirmed that it was supposed to be a private message that she sent out to the world. We’d like to know who the lucky receiver was going to be?
Williams later thanked fans for being supportive during these embarrassing times. She tweeted, “Always knew we had the greatest fans. Thank you so much for all the support. Overwhelming. Today is a new day. Gonna keep my head up high.” One fan showed their support, tweeting, “I don’t love you any less. You’re still my inspiration.”
1. Dean McDermott’s Family Photo Revealed A Lot Of Tori Spelling
Actress Tori Spelling had a nightmare on her hands when her husband Dean McDermott shared this photo of their son, Liam, on social media. What Dean didn’t check was the background of the photo, where Toni appeared topless, likely having just breastfed their third child in bed. The photo was quickly deleted but news online went crazy over the mishap.
She appeared to forgive him when on his 45th birthday she wrote an open letter titled A Love Letter To My Soulmate and said, “I would dream of you for so long. So many represented you. My dad. Every Ken doll I ever played with. Every prince in every Disney cartoon. The lead character in every John Hughes film. Not one guy I ever dated. And, then you became a reality.” Just make sure he’s careful next time you’re laid about with no top on.