Ed Sheeran has deleted his Twitter account, shortly after he made a cameo appearance in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, which prompted a mixed response from online critics.

Many were not pleased with the cameo and took to Twitter to say so.

It's not clear if the backlash is what prompted Sheeran's abrupt departure from the platform, he's previously admitted to having a love-hate relationship with the platform and recently announced he had "come off Twitter completely" because there were too many "mean" people out to "ruin" his day.

He explained: "I've actually come off Twitter completely. I can't read it. I go on it and there's nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter's a platform for that.

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"One comment ruins your day. But that's why I've come off it. The head-f**k for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much."

Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones. Photo / HBO
Ed Sheeran and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones. Photo / HBO

Ed recalled one particular incident where Lady Gaga's fans mistakenly thought he was criticising the 'Million Reasons' hitmaker in an interview.

He shared: "Lady Gaga's fanbase read an interview in which they assumed I was talking about her and they all f***ing hate. 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**t."

But the chart-topping star subsequently clarified his comments, explaining that he hasn't walked away for good, he's just stopped reading comments sent to him.

Until now.