Tuesday 25 October 2016

Names in Sheeran's little black book

Published 19/07/2015 | 02:30

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding
Jennifer Aniston
Hilary Duff
Athina Andrelos
Ed Sheeran and Hozier

Ed Sheeran is an enthusiastic networker with an enviable line-up of famous chums, romantic and otherwise. Here are some of those lucky enough to have been officially designated Friends of Ed.

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1 Taylor Swift

Ed and Taylor have been besties for years, with the Englishman having opened for Swift on her blockbusting Red tour.

However, their relationship has stayed firmly platonic - "I met her professionally first. We were writing songs and then I don't know, I just get on really well with her".

2 Ellie Goulding

The blonde pop maven is said to have inspired Sheeran's broken-hearted dirge 'Don't'.

"I never saw him as a threat," he sang. "Til you disappeared with him to have s**."

The third player in the murky love triangle is said to have been One Direction's Niall Horan, though Ed, decent to a fault, has asserted he doesn't hold a grudge.

"I got over the anger the moment I wrote the song," he said.

"It's a song that came at the time that I needed to write. That's the end of it."

3 Jennifer Aniston

Sheeran spent much of his early career couch surfing in Los Angeles, where he struck up an unlikely - and thoroughly non-romantic - relationship with the Friends actress, with whom he spent a boozy Thanksgiving two years ago.

"She has this crazy house with a big staircase that goes down to the pool," he remembered. "I had drunk a bit too much and needed a time out, so I went down and laid on one of the beds outside by the pool and passed out there."

4 Hilary Duff

Musical sparks have flown between Sheeran and the former teen star, who stayed up all night with Ed to pen a song for her new album.

As she recalled: "I had been picking my own hours when I was recording because I have a baby and everything but [Ed] had a whole day of press scheduled so we could only record at night, and we started around midnight. I was really tired... I don't keep these hours any more!"

5 Athina Andrelos

Though not a celebrity, Jamie Oliver-assistant Andrelos was Sheeran's long-term girlfriend, until their split early this year. Apparently it all came crashing down after a row at a post-Brit Awards bash.

6 Hozier

Man-bun pioneer Hozier got to know Sheeran when both were touring America. At a Grammys after-party hosted by Mark Ronson they ended up locked in a bathroom together following a false rumour the police were about to crash the shindig.

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