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Ed Sheeran forced off Twitter by trolls

Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has said that online abuse has driven him off Twitter. Photo: RUNE HELLESTAD/UPI/PA Images

Suffolk singer-songwriter 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 performing on the Pyramid Stage during the Glastonbury Festival in June 2017. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Ed Sheeran told The Sun: "I've actually come off Twitter completely, I can't read it.

He added he was trying to work out why people dislike him so much.<

"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."

– Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran performing on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

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. "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 hate me.<

"And it wasn't anything to do with that at all. So I think Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things."

Sheeran is not the first star to have quit Twitter - Norfolk's 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.