Actress makes the announcement as the anniversary of her father's death nears

By Joey Nolfi
August 08, 2016 at 02:00 PM EDT
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As the anniversary of her late father’s Aug. 11 death approaches, Robin Williams’ daughter, Zelda Williams, is taking a break from social media.

Williams announced her temporary retirement from the Internet in a tweet posted Sunday evening.

“For those who always ask why, it’s so people can memorialize Dad on the anniversary of his death however they wish without me having to feel bombarded by it, or pressured by the expectation put on myself or my family to publicly acknowledge or join in doing so,” the 27-year-old wrote. “I will always be so grateful for all the love the world had and continues to have for dad, but for obvious reasons, it’s sometimes harder to be the sort of surviving public vessel for receiving those sentiments, and one often expected to somehow flawlessly express them back. Thus, I’ll be exusing myself for a bit. Hearts just need little breaks sometimes!”

Williams continued: “Obviously, the world will keep spinning. This is hardly an important issue, my main point being you should continue to remember Dad however you want! I’ll just be doing so privately. And if you’d like to celebrate his life by celebrating causes he loved, you need only google, and you’ll find wonderful charities like the @ReeveFoundation, @CAFoundation and many more.”

The actress previously told EW she was “really appreciative of the fact that everyone loved dad so much,” but she “did get looked at like a butterfly that [people] were going to damage, and that’s in its own way sweet, but also alienating and difficult.”

Speaking about forging her own path in the entertainment industry, she added: “Maybe out of stubbornness, but also out of independence, I never asked [dad] for a road map — I didn’t want the curiosity to be dampened for me… I had to figure this out before he was gone, and now I definitely have to figure it out on my own. But I’m enjoying that process.”

Williams’ father, the Oscar-winning star of films like Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Good Will Hunting, was one of the most celebrated names in modern comedy when he died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 63. Though she’d been acting in small parts since 1994, Williams recently rose to prominence after playing a transgender camp counselor, Drew, on Freeform’s supernatural horror series Dead of Summer. She will next appear in the Lifetime original movie Girl in the Box, which premieres Sept. 10.

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