Ed Sheeran quits Twitter due to abuse

Ed Sheeran says he’s quit Twitter after receiving a stream of abuse.

“I’ve actually come off Twitter completely,” he told The Sun. “I can’t read it.

“I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.”

The star, who has 19 million followers, says he’ll keep the account open, but it will only share automatic updates from his Instagram page from now on.

A quick scan of Twitter finds a number of negative – although not necessarily abusive – comments directed towards the 26-year-old.

“Irritating ginger busker” is a particularly common insult; while the song Galway Girl has provoked a torrent of anger.

Most recently, Sheeran had to defend himself against accusations of using a backing track during his headline set at Glastonbury.

The star uses a loop pedal during his performances, which allows him to record his vocal and guitar lines, creating a layered, looped accompaniment live, on the spot.

In his last personally-authored tweet, the star sounded exasperated by the accusations.

“Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station, not a backing track. Please google,” he wrote.

Source: BBC