The Real Reason Ruby Rose Deleted Twitter

Ruby Rose started her career in modeling before branching out into acting. Known best for her roles in "Orange Is the New Black" and "Batwoman," Rose also starred in "John Wick: Chapter 2" and "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter." Her major breakthrough as an actor came when she was cast in "Batwoman," which made her the first gay superhero lead in television history, per The Guardian

Rose's path to earning this history-defining title was not easy. While the actor is now out and proud as gender fluid, her journey around her gender identity brought Rose plenty of strife as a child. Speaking with The Guardian, she shared, "For a long time, I thought there was something a bit wrong with me, or that I wasn't the gender I was meant to be." In terms of her sexuality, Rose first came out as lesbian when she was a young pre-teen, which brought out an onslaught of bullies at school. The bullying, which became physical, was so "horrendous," as Rose described it, that it even landed her in the hospital after one attack. Rose also shared that self-acceptance "took years," adding, "Eventually, I came to a place where I went: 'OK, I think I'm just very androgynous and very in tune with the masculine energy.'"

Clearly, Rose endured a lot to get to that point of self-acceptance, which is why it shouldn't have been so shocking when she decided to run from toxicity again in 2018 by deleting her Twitter.  

Ruby Rose was shocked by the public reaction to her being cast as Batwoman

When Ruby Rose found out she was cast as the first openly gay superhero lead in "Batwoman," she took to Instagram to express her appreciation, penning that she was "beyond thrilled and honored," but "also an emotional wreck.. because this is a childhood dream." She continued, "This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on tv and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone."

However, not everyone agreed that Rose was the right fit for the series. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor described the backlash she received from the public, stating that many thought "being a gender-fluid woman meant that I couldn't be a lesbian." Following this backlash, Rose deleted her Twitter account in an effort to "focus all [of her] energy," on her creative work. But before pulling the plug, Rose fired off a few final tweets addressing the trolls who criticized her "Batwoman" casting.

Per Deadline, Rose called the false criticism that she "is not a lesbian ... the funniest most ridiculous thing I've ever read," adding, "I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with 'she's too gay' how do y'all flip it like that? I didn't change." She also encouraged "women and the LGBT community" to embrace and support one another. 

Ruby Rose left the role of Batwoman after one season

Despite the haters, Ruby Rose went forward as the lead in "Batwoman," starring in the first season of the television series. However, she opted out of a second season, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. In a statement, the star explained that she didn't make the decision to leave lightly and went on to thank those involved for giving her the opportunity to star as Batwoman.

The actor's departure came as a shock considering how excited she was to play the part of Batwoman/Kate Kane. At the time she was cast in the role, she told Entertainment Weekly, "The fact that she is an outwardly gay superhero ... just meant a lot more to me ... [I] felt like this was a job that would give me a purpose every day coming into work beyond just getting to live my dream, which is acting, and would be far more rewarding than anything I've done in the past."

Following Rose's announcement that she was leaving "Batwoman," she opened up again to Entertainment Weekly about the reasons why she left, revealing that recovering from back surgery while working was one of the main issues. The COVID-19 pandemic also gave her an opportunity to reevaluate her priorities. Despite the bittersweet feeling of leaving, Ruby Rose also revealed that she was "so proud and so happy" to find out that Javicia Leslie was cast as her replacement.