Helen hasn't posted online since 22 July

Helen Flanagan has opened up about why she’s been absent from Twitter.

The ex-Coronation Street actress, 23, hasn’t used the site since 22 July and it’s now been revealed that it’s because she’s been targeted by trolls.

‘People were being really nasty about her,’ Helen’s spokesperson tells the Daily Mail.

Helen – whose last Tweet was sent to a friend and read: ‘I am a vampire @ashleyep83’ – usually loves updating fans on both Twitter and Instagram.

But some comments on her recent posts were pretty harsh.

On 17 July, Helen captioned a magazine spread of herself and boyfriend Scott Sinclair kissing on holiday: ‘going to save the pictures for when I have a little girl ha x.’

One cruel Instagram user replied: ‘What u going to tell ur little girl that mummy was a HO.’

Others have called her an ‘airhead’, an ‘abomination; and a ‘floating disaster’ – but she does have plenty of fans who’d like to see her back online.

‘I came across your IG and what an amazingly positive human being you are! I wish you amazing success and happiness. #GoGirl ❤🙏💋,’ Tweeted one last month.

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Anna Duff