Yassmin Abdel-Magied says she is moving to London
YASSMIN Abdel-Magied is moving to London in order to "partake in the Aussie rite of passage", she says.
The controversial Muslim author, public speaker and TV presenter took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today to declare she was leaving Australia for the English capital.
Abdel-Magied received wellwishes from a number of her followers, but she did not further explain her reasons for leaving Australia.
Abdel-Magied's ABC TV show Australia Wide was recently axed after a series of controversial comments.
Last week in an extensive series of Facebook posts Abdel-Magied claimed has been "traumatised" by "deeply racist" criticism of her.
She said she was moved to break her silence because being quiet had not "served me well".
She had been criticised over a controversial tweet on Anzac Day.
She also took aim at Australia's system of democracy, which led Senator Eric Abetz to suggest she leave the country for an "Arab dictatorship".
And she also courted controversy over a disagreement with politician Jacqui Lambie on ABC TV.
"Being deemed the face of all that is evil for an extended period of time does take a toll," she wrote on Facebook.
"However, reality is that being a small target has not served me well at all.
"Choosing not to defend myself and 'let it blow over' backfired because it hasn't blown over.
"Staying silent left a vacuum that other voices gleefully filled with hate and vitriol that was deeply racist.
"If I stay silent, then 'they' win. Then others get to define the narrative. Then those with deep institutional power r able to silence (and) I can't abide that'.