Friday 24 February 2017

Names in Sheeran's little black book

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.

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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