Ed Sheeran says his inner circle convinced him not to give away one of his biggest hits, Shape of You.
The singer-songwriter admits he’d be lost without his nearest and dearest, because he’s not always sure about the tunes that will work for him.
“I’ve been wrong in a lot of cases… and I think the key to it is having people that you listen to…,” he tells web series Hot Ones, explaining he initially didn’t want to record his 2017 mega-hit Shape of You, which featured on ÷, his third studio album.
“I didn’t want to put that on my album… and everyone said, ‘If you put this on, it’ll be the biggest hit of your career’… I kind of felt it was like cheating, because I’d basically done a paint-by-numbers pop tune… and it was the biggest hit of my career… so I was wrong there.”
But Ed insists even his inner circle messes up from time to time – even if they don’t always want to admit it later on.
“I know the people involved will deny this to the hilt, but there is no way that I would have given this song away if people liked it, but when I wrote Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself I remember playing that to people and them being like, ‘Meh’, so I gave it away and now it’s like, ‘Why did you give it away? You never played this to us!'” he laughs.