On Sunday, the “Shape of You” singer, Ed Sheeran performed a duet with Beyoncé at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. While she wore an extravagant pink gown, he looked like he just rolled out of bed.
The internet roasted Ed up for his wardrobe choices, and Ed recently responded to that.
Seeing Ed performing while dressed like a college freshman on their way to trivia night at the pub isn’t crazy. But a lot of people thought he was just a little under-dressed in his jeans and t-shirt compared to Beyoncé, who wore a bright pink Ashi Studio couture cupcake wrappers gown.
Ed Sheeran is a 27 year old man the fact we’ve enabled him to feel it’s ok to dress like this at all, let alone next to Beyoncé really boils my piss pic.twitter.com/Q6XqgTFuvQ
— shon faye. (@shonfaye) December 4, 2018
This photo is v v v v representative of what we expect from men and women at the top of their game, isn't it? https://t.co/cfeLw8n1aI
— Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) December 4, 2018
The internet went wild. Many tried to argue that high fashion is Beyoncé’s look, while laundry day is Ed’s. But generally, more people seemed to be mad that Ed didn’t match Beyoncé’s fashion energy for their duet of the song perfect.
Ed seems to have taken the criticism in stride, however, and decided to inject a little humor into the situation. After posting a screenshot of an article that said people were “angry” about what he wore during the performance, he posted a picture of the black T-shirt he wore during the performance to his Instagram Stories.
“Swipe up to ’get the look,” he wrote alongside the hashtag “#dresstoimpress.”
Shout out to Ed Sheeran for handling this like a boss😂 pic.twitter.com/FzXX3cNbC2
— Ru (@klaustaphobic) December 6, 2018
this is beyonce, she ALWAYS goes above and beyond with what she wears. this is ed sheeran, he ALWAYS wears comfortable clothing when he performs. why? because they both have their own STYLE. this has nothing to do with gender so pls stop making it that way 🙂 https://t.co/xpgYXIImdD
— Olivia Castaneda (@OliviaAundreaC) December 4, 2018