Though no official explanation was given, Sheeran—whose complicated relationship with social media at large is indeed no secret—briefly abandoned the platform altogether shortly after this thing happened:
Just weeks ago, Sheeran allegedly told the Sun (I say "allegedly" because, um, it's the fucking Sun) that he was quitting Twitter due to all the "mean things" people toss at him. "Twitter's a platform for that," he supposedly said. "One comment ruins your day. But that's why I've come off it. The headfuck for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much." The account, however, wasn't actually removed until this week.
As Billboard reported Tuesday, Sheeran's Twitter account has since reappeared with the most recent available tweet dating back to April 2015:
Sheeran previously took a social media break in December 2015, sharing a note asking fans to understand his desire to engage in "buggering off for a bit." The note, of course, was shared on social media.
For his next act of TV invasion, Sheeran is set to appear on the musical-themed Simpsons episode "Haw-Haw Land" as a musician named Brendan.
Executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly Monday that the part came together after the show learned that Sheeran was a fan and wanted to make an appearance. "We had a perfect part for him," Jean said. "So we said, 'Oh, great, we'll have him do this!' And we recorded him over the phone from England."