Being referred to as a “ginger busker” on Twitter one too many times, among other more vicious insults, has probably gotten the best of Ed Sheeran that he decided to quit the social media platform. Speaking to The Sun, the “Shape of You” singer said that he has completely come off Twitter, saying that he can’t read it as it just ruins one’s day.
“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter’s a platform for that,” Sheeran said. “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.”
Ed won’t be closing down his Twitter though, but his updates would be automatically generated from his Instagram account. The 26-year-old singer revealed he would instead get his reality checks from close friends and family.
“I have people like my dad who will have a conversation with me. I don’t have to have someone calling me a whatever.”
According to the BBC, some of the mean tweets that led the singer to avoid the blue bird on the net consist of users calling him an “irritating ginger busker.”
Some insults refer to his music as “awful ‘diddly-eye leprechaun'” full of “stereotypical nonsense.”
Another accused the singer of putting geographical inaccuracies in his song because there was “no pub on Grafton Street.”
Just recently, Sheeran had to defend himself from accusations of using a backing track on his headline performance at the Glastonbury Music Festival. As most of his fans know, Ed uses a loop pedal during his performances. This allows him to record vocal and guitar lines live on the spot, which he uses as a layered and looped accompaniment during his performance.
But to the non-fans, the loop came across as a backing track, and the star was accused of a karaoke-like performance.
In an exasperated final personal tweet, Sheeran explained that in his live performances, he uses a loop station and not a backing track.
“Please google,” Ed wrote.
The singer also received criticism for his televised Glastonbury performance when during the song”Bloodstream” he suffered guitar problems.
“Ed Sheeran come to my house and I will show you how to tune a guitar you useless mess,” someone wrote.
Meanwhile, prior to the Glastonbury Festival, Sheeran had shared his qualms on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 evening show, where the singer thought he was the odd one out compared to the other headlining acts, Radiohead and Foo Fighters. But despite that, the singer still looked forward to winning over the crowd, which he knew would probably not be Sheeran fans.
BBC reports that Ed’s third album ÷ (Divide) is the year’s biggest seller. In the UK alone, every song in the record has made it to the top 20 singles chart, with “Shape of You” dominating the No. 1 spot for 14 weeks. Needless to say, Divide has also dominated radio charts around the world.
If Ed Sheeran does decide to come back to Twitter, he would know that most of the messages come from his fans who offer him love and support, like one tweet that says, “I’m sick and feel like crap, but I turned on some Ed Sheeran songs and felt better.”
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