Ed Sheeran has quit Twitter after struggling to cope with online abuse
"I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day. The [challenge] has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”
The 26-year-old, who hasn’t actually deleted the account but will post tweets that have been automatically generated on Instagram and not be posting manually, has singled out fellow pop star Lady Gaga’s fans, claiming many of them are responsible for the “abuse”.
He explains: “[They] read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all hate… and it wasn’t anything to do with [her] at all.
“So I think Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things and then you get in the [fi ring line].” Some of the tweets that the hit-maker has struggled with commonly include: “Irritating ginger busker” and “Tiny Tim”.
However, his hit song Galway Girl – in which Ed describes falling for a woman who “played the fiddle in an Irish band” – has incited a special torrent of ridicule.
“Revolting, fudged cultural appropriation,” tweeted one user. Ed’s comments follow him having to defend himself against accusations of using a backing track while headlining Glastonbury last month.
Other artists to have taken a Twitter hiatus previously include, Adele, Kanye West and Zayn Malik.
Nicholas sailed close to the wind
AS THE resident comedian at the Windmill Theatre in the 1950s Nicholas Parsons says the shows were often so risqué punters would often hide their identities while waiting to get in.
“I was the resident comic there and I saw more nudity than anyone,” says the 93-year-old Just A Minute host who got his job at the theatre in 1952.
“The audience queueing outside used to hide behind umbrellas and newspapers as they did not want to be seen!”
The performances provoked such controversy they had to gain the royal seal of approval beforehand.
“The Lord Chamberlain inspected the censorship of the shows,” he adds.
“The Lord Chamberlain did not mind naked people on the stage so long as they did not move [as] that was found to be disgusting.”
Quite right too!
Nicholas Parsons claimed he saw a lot of nudity as a comedian at the Windmill Theatre in the 50s
JENNIFER LAWRENCE appears to be channelling her inner Bridget Jones – or should that be Superman – by donning a huge pair of visible pants for the Christian Dior 70th anniversary party in Paris… as you do.
The 26-year-old seemed to use the borderline boxer shorts as a modesty-protection mechanism, underneath her completely see-through dress which she paired with a tasselled top for the swanky bash.
Or perhaps she’d been told like so many of us growing up, “don’t go out without clean underwear on” and her mum just wanted to see the evidence for herself?
LOUISE REDKNAPP looks almost unrecognisable as she gets set to make her stage debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, which is touring the UK from September 21.
Having honed her dancing skills in 1990s girlband ETERNAL then more recently on Strictly, the 42-year-old will star alongside fellow Strictly alumnus WILL YOUNG in RUFUS NORRIS’s award-winning production.
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve done, and the most intimidating,” she said. “For the first time in my life I had to go for a real proper audition and learn a script and act and put myself out there.”
Jennifer Lawrence flashed a huge pair of visible pants for the Christian Dior 70th anniversary party Jennifer Lawrence's funniest TV moments Thu, November 19, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence has been described as interviewee with "no filter". So in honour of the Oscar winner's upcoming final appearance in The Hunger Games franchise films here are some of her funniest TV/interview moments.
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Jennifer Lawrence tells David Letterman of poo problems
MIKE RUTHERFORD is grateful he started out in the 1960s as he believes it’s so much tougher for musicians today.
“I worry about young artists,” the 66-year-old former GENESIS star – who played British Summertime Hyde Park with his current band MIKE + THE MECHANICS over the weekend – tells Day & Night.
“In my day your first album was a bit of revenue. It might give you enough money to live off for a year but that’s gone now. I mean why would you buy an album when you can join a streaming site for £10 a month? It’s a bit unfair on young artists really.”
David Beckham posted a throwback snap of him and Victoria in a tribute to their 18th anniversary
DAVID BECKHAM has posted a particularly gushy public tribute to wife Victoria on their 18th wedding anniversary.
The pair married on July 4, 1999, and to mark the occasion, the former footballer posted some old images of their previous sartorial choices on Instagram.
The 42-year-old shared the now infamous shot in matching black leather outfits, and captioned it mockingly: “Wow we really did this,” before adding: “Happy Anniversary to an amazing wife, mummy and strong business woman. Love you x.”
Fashion designer Victoria, 43, then shared a picture from their nuptials of them smiling in their wedding outfits as David held their eldest son Brooklyn, who was just a baby at the time. She captioned the happy image: “I love you. Kisses x.” Shame she couldn’t just have told him directly.