Ed Sheeran has said he has "come off Twitter completely" because of the abuse he has received online. 

The singer-songwriter, who recently announced a string of Irish dates for 2018, told British tabloid The Sun that when he has checked Twitter "there's nothing but people saying mean things".

"One comment ruins your day," the 26-year-old continued. "But that's why I've come off it.

"The head-f*** for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much."

Updates on Sheeran's Twitter page are automatically generated from his Instagram account.

"I think Twitter gets on a massive steam roll of assuming things and then you get in the s***"

Sheeran said family and friends keep him grounded. "I have people like my dad who will have a conversation with me," he explained. "I don't have to have someone calling me a whatever."

The Thinking Out Loud star told the paper he had found himself on the receiving end of Lady Gaga fans' wrath after they jumped to the wrong conclusion.

"Lady Gaga's fanbase read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all f***ing hate," he said.

Some Lady Gaga fans hit out at Sheeran

"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 s***."

Sheeran announced last week that he will kick off his 2018 European tour at Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Friday May 4 and Saturday May 5, 2018. These will be the first outdoor shows at the revamped home of Cork GAA. 

He then travels to Belfast to play Boucher Road Playing Fields on Wednesday May 9. 

The mother of all Galway Girl singsongs will take place in the City of the Tribes' Pearse Stadium on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13.

Sheeran wraps up his epic Irish trek with two concerts in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Wednesday May 16 and Friday May 18. 

Ed Sheeran onstage at Dublin's 3Arena in April. Image courtesy of Martin Cox

Tickets for all shows go on sale on Saturday, July 8 at 9.00am with no pre-sales options available.

Sheeran has also warned fans that any tickets placed on secondary ticket websites will not be valid.

Sheeran's last Irish shows were at Dublin's 3Arena in April, when legions of Irish fans were left disappointed in the scramble for tickets.