Ed Sheeran revealed quite a bit of his personal life during an interview with Charlemagne Tha God on iHeartRadio discussing his new album “No. 6 Collaborations Project,” which features collaborations with Bruno Mars, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Camila Cabello and many others and was released today. Here are five things we learned:
He’s married: Sheeran confirmed his marriage to Cherry Seaborn several times throughout the interview. His song “Remember My Name,” which features Eminem and 50 Cent, makes reference to Sheehan’s “wife.” He recited the lyrics: “My wife wears red, but looks better without the lipstick.” Sheeran said, “[The lyric] was actually before me and Cherry got married, and I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out. He added, “Someone’s going to hear that and be like, ‘Oh, they’re married!’ I didn’t know how that would be construed, but obviously it’s already come out.”
The singer also mentioned his marriage when discussing his collaboration with Justin Bieber “I Don’t Care.” He said, “Bieber just got married. I just got married. That song is about the person you love, and kind of just being like ‘f—k this, let’s just have fun ourselves.’”
He digs Cardi B’s “unfiltered” personality: Sheeran gushed over Cardi B when asked about the song “South of the Border” featuring Cardi and Camila Cabello. “I’ve always wanted to make a song with Cardi B, just personality-wise,” he said. “I love her, Cherry’s obsessed with her. I’ve got to meet her a few times; she’s very animated, very lovely, so I’ve always wanted her on a record.” He continued, “I love how unfiltered she is. Literally. She’s so media trained not to be media trained, like, her whole schtick is she goes on and says whatever she wants, and that is what works for her, whereas I never had a media training either, and I feel like I get to just say what I want. And she’s successful because she is who she is.”
He gets social anxiety: “I used to be super social at industry functions,” he said. “My hobby was to go out and meet people that I admired, and go out and drink with them, and end up at a bar. That was my favorite thing to do. So I ended up meeting all my musical heroes and going out to bars with them and having fun with them. And then now, when I go to these events, I just have social anxiety. I hate large groups of people, which is ironic, because I play shows for a living. But, I just feel claustrophobic and don’t like being around too many people.” He added, “I don’t mind talking to people. I have no problem with having a conversation with people. It’s just when people film me and sh–, and just stare at me. It makes me feel weird, because it makes me feel like I’m not human. If you’re coming up and having a conversation with me, it makes me feel human, even if we’ve never met. The thing that instantly shuts me off is having a moment like that with someone that’s so human and so nice, and then being like, ‘Can I have a picture?’ It kind of then puts you back down to Earth and then you’re literally just 15 likes on Instagram. That’s what you are.”
He hates living outside of Suffolk, England: Sheeran is not a fan of living outside of his hometown of Suffolk. He said of moving, “Miserable. I hated it.” He said he enjoys going to Los Angeles for a few days and seeing friends, but hated living in Los Angeles and New York. Sheeran said, “I’ll come back [to Suffolk] and I’ll feel revitalized. I’m not American. I don’t belong in America.”
He’s experimenting with different styles: Sheeran discussed playing a variety of musical styles on the new album, which includes rap, pop, Latin, techno and rock. For example, he explained why he decided to go for a classic rock vibe with “Blow” featuring Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton. He said, “I think people do not expect that any time I play that to anyone, the first cord instantly people [are surprised], and I love that.” He noted that the rock song would provide an excuse to play concerts with a live band.