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Ed Sheeran is the latest celeb to come under attack of Twitter trolls and the English singer has decided he’s had enough. During a recent interview with The Sun, Sheeran revealed that he’s left the social media platform after taking online abuse.
“I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it,” said Sheeran. “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 head-f*** for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”
Sheeran’s account will remain open and automatically generate tweets, but the singer says that he will no longer be logging on to read comments.
The singer is not alone in his decision to leave social media. Many other pop stars have echoed similar feelings, with Adele and Zayn Malik also quitting Twitter at some point, Justin Bieber leaving Instagram for months, and Camila Cabello saying recently in interviews that she no longer reads any comments on social media.
As for Ed, the singer told The Sun that he feels much of the abuse stems from Lady Gaga fans thinking Sheeran spoke out against Mother Monster in an interview. “Lady Gaga’s fanbase read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all f***ing hate,” said Ed. “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 s***.”
Lady Gaga has now come to the defense of Sheeran, hoping to clear up the rumors while also encouraging her fans to make social media a positive and inclusive space.
Gaga posted a picture of the two artists together, writing, “I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean. No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity.”
What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED @teddysphotos deserves all our love and respect like all humans do. I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean. No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity.
It’s a sad thing to see anyone bullied in any form, including social media. We’re definitely going to miss seeing Sheeran’s tweets, especially ones like this.
Just got to Philly. I’m gonna go find the playground that will smith spent most of his days, so I can chill out, max and relax all cool
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 18, 2013
It upsets me when restaurants think they are too good for ketchup. No one is too good for ketchup. Ketchup is too good for you.
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) September 16, 2013
And we love this.
WWBD – what would Beyoncé do
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 22, 2014