Turns out, Taylor Swift was a great wing woman for Ed Sheeran when the two were touring together.
In a candid interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the "Shape of You" singer opens up about the perks of being part of Swift's squad. The magazine says Sheeran claims that while on the Speak Now tour in 2011, he "hooked up" with some of the "Shake It Off" singer's famous friends.
"Taylor's world is celebrity," he explains. "I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates. It was very easy. I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f**k did that happen?'"
Ed Sheeran appears on our new cover. Head to RollingStone.com to read the story in full. In it, we trace his path to superstardom and find out that he really just wants to live a normal life. “I should just enjoy this while it’s there, but not let it become my reality. Because that’s not the reality I want to live in,” he says. Photograph by Peggy Sirota (@peggysirota)
As for whether there was any truth to reports that Sheeran and Swift had dated, he responds, "I found that aspect quite lazy journalism. There wasn't any truth to it whatsoever."
The two do, however, have a very close friendship. "We've gotten matching Scottish folds, made each other arts and crafts Christmas presents, vacationed with our families, and had each other's backs," Swift gushes of her pal. "He is the James Taylor to my Carole King and I can't imagine a time when he wouldn't be."
Sheeran feels the same, telling the music magazine that the he hopes to one day tour with Swift and trade songs for an evening. "She would be there if everything ended for me," he shares. "Taylor is kind of an anomaly in that sense."
The 26-year-old musician also disapproves of the bad press Swift, 27, sometimes receives. "She's omnipresent because she's the most famous woman in the world, so she can't make the decision to not be in the press," he explains. "I always stick up for Taylor."
Sheeran is currently promoting his new album,÷ (Divide), and spoke to ET about the inspiration behind his new music. "All my other albums have been about heartbreak and I'm just not in that place," he admitted. "I had to find new things to write about, so I guess I dwelled on my family a bit."
Here's more from ET's interview with Sheeran at Sunday's iHeartRadio Music Awards: