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ED SHEERAN in Parade: “You Have to Be Polite”

Ed Sheeran, the current toast of the music business, talks to Parade about his heady rise to the top. Five years ago he was playing open-mic nights and selling his own CDs. These days, his singles “The A Team” and “Sing” are chart hits, and his first album, + (a.k.a. Plus) sold almost 4 million copies. He’ll be headlining arenas starting in August to promote his just-released follow-up, x (a.k.a. Multiply). Excerpts from the interview below:

On the “wicked night” after a Grammy Awards party in L.A. this year, when he and some friends piled the contents of his hotel room into the bathtub:
“I felt so bad and said, ‘Oh, someone’s going to have to clean this up.’ So I literally de-trashed my room and put it back to normal. If I trash a hotel room, will anyone like me more? You’re not going to have kids going, ‘Oh, that’s really cool and edgy.’ You’re probably going to get a ticked-off maid and that’s about it.”

On his current fame:
“I do pinch myself sometimes. … I grew up listening to John Mayer and Jason Mraz and the other day, [I got] emails from them. Stuff like that blows my mind.”

On how he feels about his screaming fans:
“I always feel quite awkward about it. I’ve never screamed at anybody in my life. Can you imagine walking into a shop and someone is screaming about a chocolate cake? You’d go, ‘What is that dude doing?’”

On having celebrity pals, among them Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox:
He calls Cox “the sweetest girl” and says that becoming friends with two stars of a show he grew up watching is “surreal.”

On the repeated references to drinking in his songs:
“I’m English—that’s what we do! I don’t have a drinking problem, though.”

On why he avoids misbehavior:
“It’s the time of being polite. Radio stations aren’t going to play you if you show up late. You have to be respectful and do your job.”

On his 10-year plan:
“I know this isn’t going to last forever. Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.”

On where he thinks he will be:
“Back home, bunch of kids. At 33, I should be starting to settle down.”

For more on Ed Sheeran, and to see exclusive behind-the-scenes video, go to Parade.com: HERE.

Danity Donnaly is a Midwestern mama with class, sass and a love for celebrity gossip. D is a former disc jockey and is a fierce dancer who looks forward to that morning cup of coffee. When she’s not delivering the dish, Danity can be found on Twitter talking smack or shaking her bon bon to any jam by Justin Timberlake or attempting to sing one of her favorite Mariah Carey songs without breaking a window. Yep, she’s THAT good!

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