Monday 19 February 2018

Ed Sheeran forced off Twitter by trolls: 'The head-f*** for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much'

The singer is fed up of the abuse he gets online.

Ed Sheeran is sick of online abuse (Yui Mok/PA)
Ed Sheeran is sick of online abuse (Yui Mok/PA)

Katie Archer

Ed Sheeran has said that online abuse has driven him off Twitter.

The Glastonbury headliner still updates his Instagram account, but tweets from him are now limited to tour date posts and automatic updates via Instagram.

Sheeran said that he had found comments from trolls so hurtful that he could not face engaging with other Twitter users any more.

Ed Sheeran has been targeted by trolls (Yui Mok/PA)

He told The Sun: “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely, I can’t read it.

“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things – Twitter’s a platform for that.

“One comment ruins your day, but that’s why I’ve come off it.”

The singer does not update Twitter any more (BBC Radio 4/PA)

He added: “The head-f*** for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”

Shape Of You singer Sheeran said that he relied on his family and friends to keep him grounded.

He said: “I have people like my dad who will have a conversation with me.

Ed Sheeran can still be found on Instagram (Ian West/PA)

“I don’t have to have someone calling me a whatever.”

Sheeran said that a particular low point had come after a misunderstanding involving Lady Gaga’s fans who thought that he had slated her in an interview about musicians whose careers took a down turn after two albums.

He said: “Lady Gaga’s fanbase read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all f***ing hate me.

Lady Gaga’s fans misunderstood Sheeran’s comments (Ian West/PA)

“And it wasn’t anything to do with that at all.

“So I think Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things and then you get in the shit.”

Sheeran is not the first star to have quit Twitter – Stephen Fry, Adele, Zayn Malik, Sam Smith and Kanye West are among the celebrities who have taken a break from the social media site in the past.

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