Twitter was taking over my life, admits Lineker after deciding to say goodbye to his 1.3m followers
10:16 GMT, 20 January 2013
11:35 GMT, 20 January 2013
Gary Lineker left Twitter because the social networking site had begun to ‘take over’.
The Match of the Day presenter had stated that he had deleted his account for ‘personal reasons’ last week.
But the former England striker has elaborated on his reasons for leaving Twitter, and said that he would like to spend more time with his family.
Quit: Gary Lineker left Twitter to spend more time with his family
The 51-year-old told The Sun: ‘I left twitter because it tends to take over and I thought I would try life without it. There is absolutely nothing sinister about the decision at all.'
Lineker had become one of the most followed users in Britain – with 1.3million fans – since he started tweeting last year.
However the ex-Tottenham hitman was targeted by one internet troll last year, who joked about his son George’s battle with leukaemia. Lineker later said the disgusting taunts made him feel ‘physically sick’.
Lineker has four sons with his ex-wife and is now married to former model Danielle Bux, who has a daughter from a previous relationship.
The TV pundit’s final tweet – posted on Friday – said: ‘I’m leaving Twitter for personal reasons . Thanks all.’
They think it's all over… it is now for Gary Lineker with this final message