Ed Sheeran responds after being attacked for 'slobby' outfit during Beyonce duet

Jack Shepherd
Ed Sheeran performs during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100: Getty Images for Global Citizen

Ed Sheeran has jokingly responded to those who criticised him for being too dressed down while duetting with Beyoncé.

An image of the internationally famous singers performing at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg went viral as commenters acknowledged the contrast of Sheeran’s T-shirt and jeans combination against Beyoncé’s flamboyant pink dress.

The 27-year-old “Shape of You” singer saw the funny side, posting an instagram story featuring an image of the offending T-shirt – featuring the logo HOAXUKSINCE94 – alongside a purchase link. Continuing the joke, Sheeran later posted: “Follow hoax1994 for more of my amazing fashion choices x.’”

Those who criticised the outfit referred to Sheeran as a “slob” with many asking if the “signature look” was a “joke”.

Were it not for various articles written about the backlash, Sheeran would likely have not known about the criticism as he does not go on Twitter.

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  • 2/10 9. The Doors (1991)

    To convince director Oliver Stone to give him the part of Jim Morrison, Val Kilmer undertook hours of extensive research into his hero, learning 50 songs to mimic his singing voice. When the surviving members of the Doors assembled to hear a recording of Kilmer, none could tell which was the impersonation and which the real Morrison. The Doors was not loved by all but the great Kyle MacLachlan and Meg Ryan were memorable in supporting roles as keyboardist Ray Manzarek and Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson respectively.

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  • 3/10 8. Sid & Nancy (1986)

    Gary Oldman was a dead-ringer for the late Sex Pistols guitarist Sid Vicious in director Alex Cox’s appropriately grotty account of the punk star’s pointless death from heroin following the overdose of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb) in New York’s Hotel Chelsea. Bandmate Johnny Rotten was predictably dismissive of the project but understandably annoyed that Joe Strummer of The Clash had been consulted but not him.

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  • 6/10 5. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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“I’ve actually come off Twitter completely,” he said last year. ”I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. Twitter’s a platform for that. One comment ruins your day. But that’s why I’ve come off it.”