In a recent interview with The Guardian, the 26-year-old musician recalls a drunken night he had with the 23-year-old heartthrob. "We’d been out to a dive bar. He just drank water and I got hammered," Sheeran explains. "Then we went to a golf course, and he lays on the floor and put a golf ball in his mouth and told me to hit it out of his mouth. I was like, ‘F**k, I need to aim this properly,’ and I swung."
Needless to say, this did not end well for Bieber. "You know in films when someone gets punched, and you hear that fake sound, like a slap? But in real life when someone gets punched, you hear that dull thud, a bit sickening? I heard a sound like the last one, and saw his security guard looking at me like,” he notes. “I’d cracked Justin Bieber right in the cheek with a golf club."
In addition to sharing this story, Sheeran also opens up about working with the "Sorry" singer, and writing the hit songs "Love Yourself" and "Cold Water."
The "Shape Of You" singer admits that he had forgotten he and Benny Blanco had written "Cold Water" when Diplo contacted him asking if Major Lazer and Bieber could record the song, which topped the charts in several countries.
As for his own fame, Sheeran says he "could walk away from being this massive."
"I was talking to Taylor [Swift] about this, actually: the moment we see it fading," he says. "It’s like, ‘Right, time to have kids!’ It’s fun now, in my 20s, but there’s more to life than selling millions of records.”