Earlier this year, Ed Sheeran quit Twitter after social media trolls flooded his page with hate and it was really not okay.
People made fun of everything from his appearance to his Game of Thrones performance which really showcased the dark side of the internet and how cyber bullying impacts people's lives, even celebrities.
Ed's decision to leave Twitter despite it being an awesome platform to connect with fans was a drastic but a V. necessary one for his mental health and according to a friend of Ed's, he's doing really well without it!
His friend shared what Ed had told him to Page Six:
"All the things that get blown up on Twitter are all so, so, so negative. Nothing’s being celebrated," said Ed.
“On Instagram it’s like, ‘Yay this’ whereas Twitter is like, ‘No, f— this’.
Despite wanting nothing to do with Twitter, Ed has still been keeping active on Instagram where he shares tour pics, special announcements and even a selfie or two.
Ed continues: “I know some people don’t like my music — I’m aware of that. But I’m also aware that a lot of people do.
“Hearing people’s opinions — especially people I’ve never met — on my character forms a sort of paranoia in you.
“No one actually says it to my face so I just don’t hear it anymore.
“Like, I’ll go to things and just assume people don’t like me just because I read so much. So now not reading it gives my head a bit more of a break.”
“I don’t hear any noise whatsoever, but that goes on the other side of things as well.
“I don’t hear the positive or the negative so my ego’s not getting inflated or ripped to shreds. You can kind of stay very level.”
Ed goes on to tell his friend of the serious affects Twitter trolling had on him.
“It has a huge impact because of the way you view yourself and the insecurities that get brought out by other people.
“All the insecurities just get placed in your head anyway. But I think to be a creative human being you have to be a little bit f— ing weird anyway — like a little bit on the edge of madness.
“You have to be on the spectrum, basically.
“And when you have someone that’s on the spectrum and you basically hurl loads of insults at them, it’s going to tip them over the edge at some point.”
People may have been totally shook when Ed deleted his Twitter but it really sounds like it was for the best and we're glad that Ed is in a better place now!
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