Ed Sheeran has cleared up reports that he quit Twitter after becoming sick of negative or abusive comments from trolls.
The singer-songwriter, who recently headlined Glastonbury Festival, told The Sun that he would go on the social media platform and find "nothing but people saying mean things".
"Twitter’s a platform for that," he continued. "One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it. The head-fuck for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much."
Following the reports he posted a message on Instagram on 4 July where he wrote: "Loads of Hoo-har about me quitting stuff. I haven't quit anything, I'm just not reading anything, except Harry Potter."
Lady Gaga, who has been a vocal campaigner against bullying, posted a message of support to Sheeran after he spoke about online trolls.
“What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED. [He] deserves all our love and respect like all humans do," she said.
"I wish all people on the internet would be positive and loving and apart of creating an online community that is kind and empowering, not hateful and mean.
"No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity."
Ed Sheeran is set to embark on a UK and Ireland tour which will include two dates at Wembley Stadium in London.
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