CHIKA worried her fans earlier this month when she deactivated her Twitter account following a string of alarming tweets. The Alabama-bred singer/MC confessed she’d been flirting with the idea of retiring from music and was met with a barrage of insults instead. As a result, CHIKA suggested she and her haters make a “suicide pact” to put a stop to their collective suffering.
On Sunday (April 18), CHIKA returned to the social media platform and assured her fans she was on the mend.
“I am alive. I am okay,” Chika wrote in a post. “Thank you to everyone who has reached out to check in. It’s been a very intense week. I’m not retiring. After what I’ve endured in the past few days, I’m not ever allowing anything to stop me or almost take me from this ghetto ass earth.”
In a subsequent tweet, CHIKA thanked Cardi B for her support, writing, “Thank you, @iamcardib for reaching out & showing such kindness to me in a time I don’t even think you knew was as serious as it was. You’ve always shown love to me & don’t think I could take that for granted. You’re appreciated.”
The Warner Music Group artist also announced she will be taking a social media break. “I will be stepping back from social media for the time being, whether that means silence or just having someone else post for me. I’m too valuable to be tampered with. And it took almost not being here to realize this internet shit isn’t worth it.”
Then, in true CHIKA form, she reminded people who she is with a photo of herself flipping the bird and the caption, “And to those who thought you won in destroying me…In case YOU needed the reminder. Bloop. Toodles.”
Finally, CHIKA ended her string of tweets with a lengthy post explaining her actions during her “lost week.”
“I know I’ve spoken my peace, but I feel the need to clarify some things,” she began. I’m not reading comments/replies/DMs, but some texts I’m getting are making me feel the need to be fully transparent. last week was not simply a result of online bullying. i have been working through a rough patch in life that trolls did not cause. however, in one of my most vulnerable moments, i was submerged in messages encouraging me to take my life. I fought back and wished the same fate on those sending hate.
“i made a video, clearly breaking down while trying to communicate that i was being pushed to a point where this was making my own internal battle worse, and the last tweet i remember seeing was someone excited at the possibility that i might hurt myself. the note screenshot was not about quitting, it was about ending my life. because that day, i tried. I don’t know who called how, but paramedics broke down my door to save my life.”
Read CHIKA’s full statement below.