Ed Sheeran appears on the cover of British GQ ‘s March 2017 issue, opening up about his younger years, how he changed the rules of pop, and what he has in common with long-time friend Taylor Swift.
“There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor 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 says.
The two have been friends for years, and Sheeran believes they’ve both followed similar paths to get where they are. “She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F*ck you. I can.’”
When it comes to music, Sheeran’s already having a massive year with hits “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” off of his upcoming album “Divide.” So, who does he consider his biggest competitor?
“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records tan me in the past 10 years. She is the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big f*cking feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short.”
For more of Ed Sheeran’s GQ cover story, click here.
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