Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift were both unpopular in high school (SAY WHAT?!).
Sheeran explained to British GQ the reason he thinks both he and Swift have both been so successful is because of their “underdog status.”
“There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor [Swift] was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school – and we both take it a bit too far.”
“She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can’t do something and being like, ‘F–k you. I can.’”
Not only does Sheeran want to be the number one male artist, but he also wants to beat one of the top female artists: Adele.
“Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years. She’s the only person I need to sell more records than. That’s a big f**king feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short,” he continued about his number one spot, “In a 100m sprint to get a No1 album I just know I’m going to win. I don’t care who’s doing what. I just know I’m going to win. I’m going to make sure I come first.”
If there’s one takeaway from this interview it’s that Sheeran isn’t the underdog anymore and he’s not afraid to show it.