Ed Sheeran covers the brand new situation (the March situation) of British GQ to advertise his new album, Divide (which is definitely the old-school division image, not the precise phrase “divide”). Ed isn’t my explicit cup of ginger tea, though I did hear “Form of You” on the radio over the weekend and I assumed, “that is really a fairly good mid-range pop track.” However most individuals, I’d argue, suppose very extremely of Sheeran. Most individuals love his music, and 1000’s of individuals line up for his live shows and tens of millions of individuals purchase his albums. Which might be why he comes throughout as barely boastful on this GQ interview? Like, I think about that individuals who like him will say he’s simply actually well-known, and so forth. However I used to be sitting right here like, “is that this man actually on the identical stage as Adele?” Some highlights from British GQ.
On his similarity to Taylor Swift: “There’s an underdog aspect to it. Taylor [Swift] was by no means the favored child at school. I used to be by no means the favored child at school. Then you definitely get to the purpose once you turn into the preferred child at school – and we each take it a bit too far. She needs to be the most important feminine artist on this planet and I need to be the most important male artist on this planet. It additionally comes from at all times being informed that you could’t do one thing and being like, ‘F–okay you. I can.’”
On having crimson hair: “There’s at all times a stigma with ginger individuals, and I used to be undoubtedly thought-about unattractive after I was youthful, however now I’m on the f–king cowl of GQ!”
On copycats: “There are quite a lot of singer-songwriters round now. I’m not the primary however there are greater than earlier than. I’m very joyful for everybody to be in the identical race as me, even when they copy each single factor I’ve performed. In a 100m dash to get a No. 1 album I simply know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I simply know I’m going to win. I’m going to ensure I come first.”
His largest competitor is Adele: “Adele is the one one that’s offered extra data than me previously ten years. She’s the one individual I must promote extra data than. That’s an enormous f–king feat as a result of her final album offered 20 million. But when I don’t set her because the benchmark then I’m promoting myself quick. I’m not in competitors [creatively] as a result of all of us sit in our personal lanes, however as soon as the inventive product is out there’s a race to the end line.”
Oh, the oppressed white guys, they’re actually the underdogs in fashionable society, are they not? It’s as a result of they weren’t common in highschool, as a result of all these individuals take into consideration is whether or not they have been common as youngsters. Ed Sheeran’s underdog standing as a white man is second solely to Taylor Swift’s underdog standing as a wealthy white lady from a rich household. Don’t get me unsuitable – each Taylor and Ed have labored exhausting and I don’t begrudge them their fame, wealth or ambition. However don’t promote me a f–king underdog story since you weren’t the jock or cheerleader in highschool or no matter.
Cowl courtesy of Norman Jean Roy/British GQ, extra images by WENN.