The Internet can be a fun, clever, meme-filled place, but it can also be an abusive, hateful cesspool, with enough “trolls” to drive celebrities off social media altogether. The latest victim of this darker side of the web, Ed Sheeran, has finally had enough.
The 26-year old singer has announced that he has quit Twitter, after receiving innumerable mean and negative comments. He reportedly told The Sun, “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it.”
Fame Doesn't Give You Immunity
Sheeran’s undeniably successful career, with his latest album ÷ selling eight million copies worldwide within the first three months, does not make him immune to online trolls. “I go on there and there’s nothing but people saying mean things,” he told The Sun. “Twitter’s a platform for that.”
Anyone with a social media account, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, has probably felt the same way as Sheeran at some point. One need only quickly peruse comments on public posts to get an idea of what he’s talking about. Cyberbullying is very present and very real, and sometimes, it doesn’t take much.
“One comment ruins your day,” Sheeran said. “But that’s why I’ve come off it.”
Gaga Comes To Ed's Defense
The bulk of the hate, Sheeran revealed, had come from Lady Gaga fans, who began attacking him after an interview he gave earlier this year with Beats Radio 1. He had said, “I do not want to be the kind of artist who has had two successful albums and then feels invincible.” Sheeran did not drop any names, but Lady Gaga’s fan base made some assumptions, further solidified when Sheeran added, “The smartest thing to do is listen to people who know I do not want to do the Super Bowl years later, after my biggest success, just to prove I’m still relevant.”
Sheeran insists that those comments had nothing to do with Lady Gaga. For Gaga’s part, the songstress has now come to give Sheeran public support, sharing this post on Instagram:
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.
Although Sheeran will be stepping away from Twitter, he won’t completely disappear from the social media map. Tweets linking to new images on his Instagram will continue to be automatically generated, though Sheeran will not be tweeting himself.