Ed Sheeran says friendship with Taylor Swift feels like 'therapy'

During the release of his Disney+ documentary The Sum Of It All , Ed Sheeran opened up about his decade-long relationship with Taylor Swift, revealing that their friendship felt like "therapy." In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 in May 2023, Sheeran spoke candidly about his friendship with the "antihero" hitmaker, saying he "had some issues with Taylor. It was a long, long conversation," because "she was the only one who really understood my situation."

The Shape Of You performer, who recently won a copyright lawsuit over one of his biggest hits, also revealed during an interview with host Lowe that he "spent 20 hours talking to her yesterday" , the two discussed "everything on the show." our hearts. "I mean, that's kind of therapeutic in itself, too, because you're actually talking to someone who really understands it," he continued. "

"It encompasses your feelings and your insecurities and how other people treat you, how your family treats you, how your friends treat you. She's basically in the same realm," Sheeran added.

Meanwhile, the "Perfect" singer also revealed that Swift encouraged him to work with her musical collaborator Aaron Dessner on his upcoming album — something Sheeran was reluctant to do . “I’m always — not defensive, but if there’s a collaborator who works closely with her, I’ll keep my distance because that’s her thing,” he explains. "But she said, 'I think this is really important for you as an artist... I think you and Aaron should work together.'"

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Speaking on an Apple Music radio show, Sheeran added that he was now "so grateful" for Dessner's introduction because he was "making some of the most meaningful music to me that I've made in a long time."

As fans know, Sheeran and Swift have a long-standing friendship that dates back to 2012, and the two aren't shy about expressing their mutual admiration for each other. Their most notable collaborations over the years include "Everything Has Changed," "End Game" and their third collaboration, titled "Run," which appears on Swift's "Red" (Taylor's version) .