Gaga, who campaigns against harassment through her Born This Way Foundation, posted a snap of the pair posing together on Instagram and pleaded for others to behave better online.
She wrote, “What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED. [He] deserves all our love and respect like all humans do. 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."
Sheeran is a bonafide superstar with three enormously popular albums to his name and the clout to fill stadiums around the world without the support of a backing band. But he’s not immune to Internet trolls.
The "Shape Of You" singer took a sabbatical from social media while he worked on his latest hit album, Divide. But from now on, he won’t be active on Twitter. Instead, his Instagram account will automatically generate messages to the microblogging platform.
“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.”