It’s no secret that the internet can be an ugly, brutal place — especially social media.
The anonymity of the internet brings out trolls in full force, and for some people, taking a long break from that negativity is necessary sometimes. Ed Sheeran is one of those people — he just announced that he’s no longer using or looking at his Twitter account because he was getting so much hate there.
“I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it,” he told The Sun. “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.”
Sheeran’s Twitter account has more than 19 million followers, and with that many people seeing every word he puts on the site, it’s no wonder he got fed up with the constant attention and bullying he said he faced. He also said he can’t figure out “why people dislike me so much.” Neither can we, TBH.
For just one example, Sheeran pointed to a time when he made a comment that many people falsely assumed was a dig at Lady Gaga. Gaga is known for having one of the most rabid fan bases on the internet, and her Little Monsters went in on Sheeran.
“Lady Gaga’s fanbase read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all fucking hate,” Sheeran explained. “And it wasn’t anything to do with that at all. So, I think Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things and then you get in the shit.”
Sheeran isn’t the first celeb to leave Twitter because of the trolls who inhabit the platform, and he won’t be the last. But does it really have to be this way? Can’t you just be nice, internet? This is why we can’t have nice things.