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    Sep 11, 2018

    15 Things Ed Sheeran Revealed While Playing With Kittens And Answering Your Fan Questions

    The award-winning singer talked about his new documentary, cat playdates with Taylor Swift, who his competition is in the music industry, and more!

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    In celebration of the recent release of his new Apple Music documentary Songwriter, we sat down with Ed Sheeran to ask YOUR fans questions while playing with adorable kittens!

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    How does Ed work through writer's block? Which Hogwarts house does he identify with? And most importantly, do his cats have playdates with Taylor Swift's cats?! Watch the video below to find out:

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    1. Out of all the songs featured in your Apple Music documentary Songwriter, which was your favorite to craft and why?

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    Ed Sheeran: I think the song I enjoyed crafting the most in the documentary is "Perfect." That's my favorite song I've done. "Perfect" was the first song that I wrote for the album, so I think it was just when I knew that the album was sort of done.

    2. The documentary touches on your competitive side. Is there an artist right now that's so talented that they're bringing out the competitive side of you?

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    ES: I think there are loads. Someone like Kendrick Lamar — I think he's absolutely fantastic. Drake's obviously doing very, very well. I really like Taylor's [Swift] album. Ariana Grande just brought out that song "God Is A Woman," which is an amazing bit of pop music. Every week you hear something that inspires you to be better, I think.

    3. What’s a song that you didn't write, but you love so much that you wish you did?

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    ES: There's an artist in England called Labrinth; he wrote a song called "Jealous" and I love that.

    4. Which is more rewarding to you as an artist: songwriting or touring?

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    ES: I think you need a little bit of both. I always song-write whilst I'm on tour so I can have a balance.

    5. What are some techniques you use to work through writer's block?

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    ES: I think writer's block doesn't exist if you continually keep writing. I think if you always write songs, and it doesn't matter how good or bad they are, you just write them. I think the only time I've experienced anything close to writer's block is having a long time off not writing and then it's kind of getting back into the swing of things.

    6. You’ve collaborated with Taylor Swift before, most recently on her latest album Reputation. How does her songwriting process compare to yours?

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    ES: I don't really know 'cause I've only done two songs with her. I've never really done any other studio time. But, you know, I think she's quite a similar writer. I think she writes from her own personal experiences and tries to make the songs as honest as possible.

    7. We know that you and Taylor are both cat fans. Have your cats and Taylor's cats ever met?

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    ES: No, no. I don't think her cats have been to England? Maybe they have...I don't know. I can't fly with my cats anyway 'cause they just don't really like moving anywhere. They're just home cats.

    8. Who looks after your cats when you’re touring?

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    ES: Cherry, but Cherry's actually here today 'cause she's got a couple weeks off work. So, at the moment, mom and dad have them.

    9. Which songs do you sing in the shower?

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    ES: There's a songwriter called Max Martin, who I was with in Sweden recently, and he wrote "Everybody" for the Backstreet Boys. I went around his house — he had a taco night on a Friday — and he came up to me, with the tacos, singing "Taco Friday." I just sing that every now and then.

    I keep telling him someone like Taco Bell should approach him and use that song as a campaign. Can you imagine that as like a huge Taco Bell campaign every Friday? It's "Taco Friday" and it's, like, two-for-one tacos at Taco Bell. You're welcome.

    10. People sometimes confuse you with Rupert Grint from Harry Potter. Which Hogwarts House do you belong to and why?

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    ES: Do you know what? I always thought I'd probably be Hufflepuff. Slytherin's pure, pure-blood and I'm kind of mixed between Irish and English. Ravenclaw's very smart. Gryffindor's really brave and [growl]. And Hufflepuff's, kind of, just the one that...isn't. So, I guess I'd be Hufflepuff!

    11. Last year, you made a brief cameo in Game of Thrones. What do you think your character has been up to since we last saw him?

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    ES: I know what Game of Thrones fans hoped happened to my character. I'm sure they think my character got brutally, brutally murdered, but I think my character is still out there. I think he's chillin'. It was fun being in Game of Thrones, but I definitely think they should've killed me off in the episode. I reckon that probably would've been the redemption for people that didn't like it.

    12. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which movie would it be?

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    ES: It's either Goodfellas or Cool Runnings and I don't know which one. They're both two different things, aren't they? I think the movie I've seen the most is Goodfellas, so probably Goodfellas.

    13. Which of your tattoos is your favorite?

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    ES: I now view my tattoos as one tattoo because it's just, kind of, one thing. So, I just like my tattoo.

    14. If you weren’t in music, what other field would you want to be in?

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    ES: I always loved painting as a kid, so I think I'd probably be something to do with art. Something creative.

    15. What advice do you have for someone just starting out in the music industry?

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    ES: You have to be prepared for five to six years of overnight success, if that makes sense. You have to do loads of stuff that no one notices at all and that's like five to six years, minimum. You have to play gigs that no one listens to, write songs that everyone doesn't believe in, and just believe in yourself enough. And then, just never have a plan B. Always think that you are going to succeed and then eventually you are — if you wish success into existence, basically — and just believe in yourself. And don't, after six years, be like, "Ah, do you know what? I'm just going to get a desk job or something." If you want to be a musician, be a musician, because you can always make a living being a musician.

    Can't get enough of Ed Sheeran? Make sure to check out his Apple Music documentary Songwriter, available now!

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    To find out more about kitten season and how you can help kittens and other animals in need, visit Best Friends Animal Society for details.

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