Although Ed Sheeran seems to have beaten the odds on Game Of Thrones, emerging from his cameo with his neck intact, his latest foray into acting has still come at a price. After the season-seven premiere on Sunday, the “Shape Of You” singer appeared to have followed through on earlier intimations that he would quit Twitter after suffering years of abuse from trolls, despite posting harmless things about Cadbury Creme Eggs (or, as he calls them, “egg creams”). Various outlets have run with the story, because it looked like those fears had (briefly) been proven true. But because you can’t keep a good fictional soldier down, Sheeran has already returned to the social media platform.
Sheeran’s slowly amassing his following once more, though at 674 (and counting), he’s still a ways off from the millions who once made up that list. The Divide artist is also studiously following other celebrities on Twitter, including Stephen Fry, Ruby Rose, and Rob Thomas. But while his tweet count is at nearly 31,000, it looks like anything from April 5, 2015 and now has been removed.
Wait, now it looks like that number is actually going down as his follower count grows, though the Cadbury Creme Egg tweet remains. Soon, the only proof of Sheeran’s existence will be his Twitter share of his Instagram post of a massive egg cream.
As we type this, Sheeran’s number of followers has passed 2,000 for the second time today; when we first caught wind of the story, the account had already been reactivated, and drawn over 3,000 followers. It’s unclear what Sheeran’s strategy is here, though it looks like it could be the old “don’t feed the trolls” approach—never mind that the trolls are always hungry, especially when there’s Cadbury Creme Eggs involved. Or maybe, just maybe, Ed Sheeran’s doing the trolling now, which leaves his choice of hat for his upcoming Simpsons appearance a bit off the mark.