Two years ago today, Ed Sheeran surprised fans by going off the grid completely.
Detaching from technology proved so impactful to Ed that he’s gone an impressive two years without a cell phone. The “Perfect” singer re-shared the original message to his 17.3 million Instagram followers on Wednesday, writing, “2 years since I ditched my phone x”
As he explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show early this year, tossing his phone was a New Year’s resolution aimed to decrease stress.
“I bought an iPad, and then I just work off of email, and it’s so much less stress,” Ed shared. “I don’t wake up in the morning and have to answer 50 messages of people asking for stuff. It’s just like, I wake up and have a cup of tea.”
Sheeran’s also taken a step back from social media all together, deleting Twitter in July over the “headf–k” he experienced because of internet trolls. In an interview with The Sun he explained, “I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day.”