Ed Sheeran Says He and Taylor Swift 'Both Take It a Bit Too Far' Because They Weren't Popular in School
By Rachel McRady
Ed Sheeran understands exactly where his pal, Taylor Swift, is coming from. The British singer-songwriter, 25, opened up to British GQ in his March cover story about the similarities he shares with the “Blank Space” singer.
"There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor [Swift] was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far,” he dished.
Sheeran also opened up about sharing the same ambitions as his A-list friend.
"She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world,” he said. “It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F**k you. I can.’”
The “Castle on the Hill” singer wasn’t afraid to lay out his plans for his upcoming album ÷.
“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years,” he said. “She’s the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big f**king feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short.”
The redheaded star wasn’t shy about wanting to be at the top of his field, adding, "In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I just know I’m going to win. I’m going to make sure I come first.”
For more on Sheeran’s return to the spotlight after a year away, watch the clip below!