Pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is known for writing romantic songs based on personal experiences, but offstage his love life remains a source of mystery and scrutiny.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, however, he has revealed that he’s slept with members of Taylor Swift’s famous circle of friends. The musician became friends with Swift after he supported her on her 2013 Red world tour, and admitted that he'd wake up and wonder how he'd managed it.
“I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates,” he said.
“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--- did that happen?'”
Sheeran, currently in a relationship with his high-school sweetheart Cherry Seaborn, did not name his conquests, but Swift's hareem of female friends at the time included actresses Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld and Lena Dunham, singer Lorde and models Cara Delevinge, Lily Aldrige and Martha Hunt.
However, despite headlines at the time, Sheeran did not date Swift:
"I found that aspect quite lazy journalism," he said. "There wasn't any truth to it whatsoever."
Sheeran, 26, who is currently topping the charts with his new album Divide and has written songs for artists including One Direction and Justin Bieber, is also putting together a boy band. He is auditioning members with the intentions of taking them on tour with him.
“I'm gonna put three or four boys together and do all the songs, [and] take them on the stadium tour with me."