[Rolling Stone] “In Orlando, there were, like, 200 people in the front row to see Ed,” says McDaid, Snow Patrol’s guitarist. “By the middle of the tour, there were about 2,000. You could see it happening in front of you.”
His next tour was considerably bigger: a 66-date run opening for Taylor Swift. “I heard his song ‘Lego House’ in Australia when I was on the Speak Now tour,” says Swift. “It just cut through everything else.” Their managers put them together, and they ended up sitting on a trampoline in Swift’s backyard and writing “Everything Has Changed.” Each night, Swift invited Sheeran onstage to play the ballad.
Offstage, this was his most romantically prolific period. He says he hooked up with some of Swift’s famous friends. “Taylor’s world is celebrity,” says Sheeran. “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*ck did that happen?’ ”
(Katy Perry recently summed up his appeal as a secret ladies’ man: “Everybody loves him, no one’s scared of him, they want to date him. They can have him.”)
Sheeran chronicled some of these relationships on his second album, 2014’s x. He wrote “Don’t” about a fling with a fellow pop star that ends when he learns she’s had sex with a friend who was staying on the same hotel floor. Many speculated it was Ellie Goulding, who afterward released “On My Mind,” which included the burn “You wanted my heart, but I just liked your tattoos.” Goulding has denied having ever been involved with Sheeran.
One person he did not date on the tour was Swift, despite headlines. “I found that aspect quite lazy journalism,” he says. “There wasn’t any truth to it whatsoever.”
Sheeran and Swift see each other only once or twice a year, but they still feel close to each other. “We’ve gotten matching Scottish folds, made each other arts and crafts Christmas presents, vacationed with our families, and had each other’s backs,” says Swift. “He is the James Taylor to my Carole King and I can’t imagine a time when he wouldn’t be.”
He imagines them doing a stadium tour where they trade songs for an evening, much like the one Jay Z and Justin Timberlake did a few years ago. “She would be there if everything ended for me,” Sheeran says. “Taylor is kind of an anomaly in that sense.” He’s been annoyed at the backlash against her lately: “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. I always stick up for Taylor.”
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