Daniel Radcliffe tells celebrities: social media, or a private life – your choice

Celebrities who are ever-present on social media cannot expect to have a private life, according to Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

The 24-year-old told Sky News he has chosen to steer clear of Facebook and Twitter to avoid ubiquity in the public spotlight. "There's certain things you can do to make it a lot easier on yourself," he said. "If you don't, for instance, go to premieres that aren't for a film you're in, or don't just turn up at other events and stuff like that, then that's going to help to not fuel the interest.

"Also, I don't have Twitter and I don't have Facebook, and I think that makes things a lot easier because if you go on Twitter and tell everybody what you're doing moment to moment and then claim you want a private life, then no one is going to take that request seriously."

Radcliffe, who has carved out a successful career in film and TV since the Harry Potter series ended, said he would always have a "chip on [his] shoulder" about proving himself in new roles.

"I think it's a perfectly good thing if you let it motivate you," he said. "When you fall into a position when you're 11 years old, you do tend to think that, you know, everyone [thinks] you were lucky to get there. And I was lucky to get there. And I think there's a sense that you just fell into it and that you rode the wave and carried on.

"And that's not what I'm about. I don't know how many people think like that - there may be none, there may be millions, but it doesn't matter. It fires you up."

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