Taylor Swift picked up her pen to write a heartfelt essay about her pal Ed Sheeran to honor his ranking in Time’s 100 Most Influential People 2017. She speaks of the English native singer-songwriter’s unbridled passion and ambition toward achieving music industry success in the eloquently written piece.
“Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank.” Swift says. “He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation. His reaction to any idea that fails is to almost immediately come up with a new one. He’s like a fighter who pops back up on his feet before you even noticed he’d been knocked down.”
The “Shake It Off” singer continues by recounting Sheeran’s notion that he was “never going to win a Grammy” and then tells us he played her “Thinking Out Loud” at a shoe store, just after it was written. We all know it went on to win a coveted “Song of the Year” Grammy Award, which allowed Swift to prove herself right for quickly telling him “Yes, you are” in Sheeran’s rare moment of vulnerability.
One could argue 2017 has belonged to Ed Sheeran, following the massive success of his third studio album Divide. Its debut single, “Shape of You,” has smashed records and topped charts all over the world. But, one of the most endearing things about him is his humble, down-to-earth persona.
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are arguably two of the biggest, if not the biggest, male and female pop stars on the planet. Fans of both artists have supported and swooned over their friendship ever since Swift invited Sheeran to open for her on the Red Tour, while they wowed thousands of people each night performing their co-written, optimistic, romantic duet “Everything Has Changed.” Fans particularly loved when she popped up at Sheeran's sold-out Madison Square Garden show in NYC in 2013 wearing an "I Love Ed" t-shirt. The "love" was depicted by a British flag heart symbol.
Sheeran always speaks highly of Swift in every interview in which her name arises. And, he may not have realized he was speaking a self-fulfilling prophecy when he compared their similar paths to fame and shared goals in a candid GQ interview. He said, “She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world.”
Now that they’ve both been honored in Time’s prestigious 100 Most Influential People list and Swift, who was Forbes Highest Earning Celebrity last year, is actually the one writing about him, it looks like Sheeran and his fair-haired pal Swift can check off the Biggest Male and Female Artist boxes on their bucket list with a resounding, “Been there, Done that.”
Read Taylor Swift’s full essay about Ed Sheeran here.