Ed Sheeran: I Don't Know Why People Hate Me

Singer says he's 'quitting' Twitter because of all the 'mean things' said about him online
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2017 11:00 AM CDT
'Mean Things' Spur Ed Sheeran to 'Quit' Twitter
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran accepts the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 15, 2017, in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

"I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things," says Ed Sheeran. That's the reason the 26-year-old English singer is offering for why he's "quitting" Twitter, the Sun reports, apparently deciding he just couldn't take those mean statements any longer. "One comment ruins your day," he continues. "[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." The BBC, which notes it found "a number of negative—although not necessarily abusive—comments" directed toward Sheeran, says accusations that Sheeran used a backing track at a recent show (he has tried to clarify it was a "loop pedal," which allows for live recording during a performance, not a backing track) seems to have been the tipping point for him.

Reaction to Sheeran's claimed departure is mixed. His devotees are obviously upset, with one saying, "Can't blame him," while others are simply posting notes of affection. Others, however, are mocking him for his defection, including fellow Brit Piers Morgan, who says Sheeran didn't need to get so dramatic. "Celebrities who quit Twitter, you don't have to quit, you just have to stop tweeting," Morgan said on Good Morning Britain, per the Evening Standard. "Why do you have to announce you're quitting Twitter?" Morgan added he gets plenty of "nasty" messages himself online and "I love it—especially when they can't spell." Fans needn't worry, however, that they'll find a "Sorry, that page doesn't exist" notice when they search for Sheeran's Twitter account: The singer notes he'll still auto-post from his Instagram account, which he did Tuesday with a "Reppin' on July 4th" photo. (More Ed Sheeran stories.)

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