Paul Mescal of Normal People “Quietly QUIT Instagram”

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Fame: The 25-year-old Irish actor, who rose to fame last year as Connell Waldron, is said to have deactivated his account after 'wasting time' on it and instead wants to 'focus his energy' on her personal life and work (pictured in Normal People Always with Daisy Edgar-Jones)



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Normal People star Paul Mescal is said to have “quietly” left Instagram after it “became a drain”.

The 25-year-old Irish actor, who rose to fame last year as Connell Waldron, is said to have deactivated his account after “wasting time” on it and instead wants to “focus his energy” on his personal life and work.

It is not known when Paul, who had more than a million subscribers, deactivated his account but his profile is now absent on Instagram. His Twitter, which has 179.1K, is still active although his last tweet was in August 2020.

Leaving: Normal People star Paul Mescal is said to have “quietly” left Instagram after it “became a drain” (pictured in September)

A source told The Sun: “Paul deactivated his Instagram account because he had just become a drain. He felt like he was wasting time on this, reading the comments is not good for anyone’s sanity.

“There are bigger things going on in his life and he wants to focus his energy on his personal life and work, he doesn’t need social media for that. He’s a private man and doesn’t feel the need to share everything online.

The source added that Paul didn’t think it was worth taking advantage of “lucrative deals” from brands he could have billed six figures for.

They also claimed that the Irish actor could reactivate his Instagram in the future, but that he is currently “enjoying” his hiatus.

Fame: The Irish actor, 25, who rose to fame last year as Connell Waldron, is said to have deactivated his account after 'wasting time' on it and instead wants to 'focus his energy' on her personal life and work (pictured in Normal People Always with Daisy Edgar-Jones)

Fame: The Irish actor, 25, who rose to fame last year as Connell Waldron, is said to have deactivated his account after ‘wasting time’ on it and instead wants to ‘focus his energy’ on his personal life and her work (shown in Normal People Always with Daisy Edgar-Jones)

Faded away!  It is not known when Paul, who had over a million subscribers, deactivated his account but his profile is now absent on Instagram.

Faded away!  It is not known when Paul, who had more than a million subscribers, deactivated his account but his profile is now absent on Instagram.

Faded away! It is not known when Paul, who had over a million subscribers, deactivated his account but his profile is now absent on Instagram.

Remains: His Twitter, which has 179.1K, is still active although his last tweet was in August 2020

Remains: His Twitter, which has 179.1K, is still active although his last tweet was in August 2020

Remains: His Twitter, which has 179.1K, is still active although his last tweet was in August 2020

MailOnline has reached out to Paul’s rep for comment.

In December, Paul opened up about the pressures of social media in a candid interview with Glamor after his account grew from 1,000 to 100,000 followers.

He said: “It’s an incredible privilege to have a platform like this and it happened overnight. It went from 1,000 followers to around 100,000. It’s unbelievable.

“I take the most joy out of it in terms of that, is that it comes from people who have seen normal people and are really connected to them. But it’s also important to recognize that I think we live in a time when we can become obsessed with this.

“Over time this year I’ve learned a lot about the need to get away from these things. No one will remember your Instagram account. It will not be written on your gravestone.

Last post?  It's unclear when Paul deactivated his Instagram account and in February, the Irish actor shared his excitement for Sally Rooney's upcoming 2017 book TV series, Conversations With Friends, on his profile.

Last post?  It's unclear when Paul deactivated his Instagram account and in February, the Irish actor shared his excitement for Sally Rooney's upcoming 2017 book TV series, Conversations With Friends, on his profile.

Last post? It’s unclear when Paul deactivated his Instagram account and in February, the Irish actor shared his excitement for Sally Rooney’s upcoming 2017 book TV series, Conversations With Friends, on his profile.

It’s unclear when Paul deactivated his Instagram account and in February, the Irish actor shared his excitement for Sally Rooney’s upcoming 2017 book TV series, Conversations With Friends, on his profile.

The actor, who rose to fame in the 2018 adaptation of Rooney’s bestselling Normal People, also praised his friend Alison Oliver, who was cast as the lead character Frances.

Alison is an emerging talent from Lir Academy School of Drama in Dublin, Ireland, whose other graduates include Paul.

Paul took to Instagram after announcing his boyfriend would join Joe Alwyn, Jemima Kirke and Sasha Lane on the BBC and Hulu 12-part series on Wednesday.

He wrote with enthusiasm: “Here we go! Can’t wait to see this followed by a red heart emoji.

Support: The actor, who rose to fame in the 2018 adaptation of Rooney's best-selling book Normal People, also praised his friend Alison Oliver (pictured), who was cast as the lead character Frances

Support: The actor, who rose to fame in the 2018 adaptation of Rooney's bestselling Normal People, also praised his friend Alison Oliver (pictured), who was cast as the lead character Frances

Support: The actor, who rose to fame in the 2018 adaptation of Rooney’s best-selling book Normal People, also praised his friend Alison Oliver (pictured), who was cast as the lead character Frances

Paul kindly added, “A big shout out to mate @ alisonoliver333 who’ll blow your mind all” followed by a hand joining the emoji.

The actor’s career has grown steadily since his debut as Connell Waldron in Normal People in April of last year.

He has since starred in the drama The Deceived and will star in The Lost Daughter, opposite Dakota Johnson and Olivia Colman.

Earlier this year, Paul was spotted filming scenes for his upcoming film Carmen in Sydney, Australia.

Paul’s work as a beloved student on Normal People alongside co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, also earned him a nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Limited Series or Film at the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Normal People is available to stream on Stan in Australia.

Huge Success: The actor's career has grown steadily since his debut as Connell Waldron in Normal People in April last year (Paul and Daisy are still pictured on the series)

Huge Success: The actor's career has grown steadily since his debut as Connell Waldron in Normal People in April of last year (Paul and Daisy are still pictured on the series)

Huge Success: The actor’s career has grown steadily since his debut as Connell Waldron in Normal People in April of last year (Paul and Daisy pictured in the series still)

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