Ed Sheeran ‘got over the anger’ after writing ‘Don’t’: ‘That’s the end of it’

Ed Sheeran has been bopping around the music industry for close to a decade. He received attention a few years ago for songs like “Give Me Love.” Things started rolling in for Ed after co-writing songs for One Direction and Taylor Swift, but he didn’t hit the US charts in a big way until “Don’t” came out. The song is still everywhere on high rotation.

I’ve spoken before about “Don’t,” which is insidious in nature. The song has a catchy beat and gets inside your head. Then you realize what Ed’s really saying. He started sleeping with a fellow singer, but they were not exclusive. Ed was still all butthurt when the girl started sleeping with one of his One Direction buddies (Niall Horan). He made up with his friend and wrote a smear song about the girl. Ed moves in a pretty tight social circle with his fellow artists. It was easy to figure out the girl was Ellie Goulding. Just like it’s easy to figure out Taylor Swift’s blind item songs.

Anyway, Ed spoke to the Sun (via the Mail) to let the world know he’s fine now. He got over that girl as soon as he wrote the song:

He is currently blazing through the charts with his bitter break-up track, Don’t, which sees him refer to a cheating “singer ex.”

And Ed Sheeran has revealed that he has put his anger aside about the incident which is believed to been about his ex Ellie Goulding and his pal, One Direction star Niall Horan.

Speaking to The Sun’s Dan Wootton about his feelings a year on, Ed said: “I got over the anger the moment I wrote the song. It’s a song that came at the time that I needed to write. That’s the end of it.”

Talking frankly about the incident, Ed added: “I’m grateful I could get a song out of it, to be honest. I don’t feel it’s about anyone anymore, I’m not attached to that. The moment you attach to someone to a song it becomes more difficult to sing every night.”

[From Daily Mail]

Well, I’d like to give Ed some credit for being “grateful” for being able to write a smear song. He still comes off pretty douchey by talking about how “that’s the end of it” when this is his biggest hit. Ed’s popularity increased after this hit piece, and he’s reaping the benefits of a blind item song. Will he continue this pattern? I’m watching with interest.

Here’s a photo of Ed arriving at tonight’s Q Awards in London. He’s up for Best Solo Artist on the shortlist.



Photos courtesy of Getty & WENN

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  1. Seapharris7 says:

    I usually love me a ginger, but this guy looks “off”. That being said, that song is catchy! I can’t say I love it because when you listen to the words it’s just whiney, but the chorus is awesome

    • Leah says:

      He looks like one of the hobbits!

      That said i think he is quite talented and he doesnt come across as a douche to me.

    • jinni says:

      He looks like a human version of the main monster creature in Where the wild things are or a human muppet. Either way completely unattractive.

    • aims says:

      I agree with the “off” comment. Everytime that song comes on the radio my son cranks it up. For the first twenty times I just toned it out and drove like I just had a lobotomy. The twenty-first time it finally clicked and I realized he’s calling someone out.

      • Seapharris7 says:

        LoL! Exactly! I mean I love the way the song sounds, but then you hear what he’s saying – basically they weren’t committed, would bang/hang out when they ended up in the same city, but then got upset she slept with someone else? How did she know he wasn’t sleeping with others too? I’d take his song though over any Izzy or “Wiggle Wiggle”

  2. Abbott says:

    Good on him. 2 points Gryffindor?

  3. OTHER RENEE says:

    His song “The A Team” was a Top 10 hit. I think he’s great.

  4. Jessica says:

    If he was over it after he wrote it (I still don’t get what there was to get over, a woman he was casually hooking up with slept with someone he knows instead of him, boo-hoo) then why did he release the song as it was, when he had to know his lyrics would ensure everyone would talk about it and that his fans would be awful to Ellie. Write the song, keep the identifying version for yourself, change a few lines for the version you release to the public.

  5. Steph says:

    I really think these smear songs that Ed and Taylor create about their fellow celebrity artists are really lame and disgusting. Taylor and Ed make it very obvious as to who the songs are about and the songs are always placing the celebrity in a negative light. Taylor and Ed seem to have no problem in trashing a fellow artist’s image with this PR tactic which I find heartless.

    I hope Ed does not follow the Swift pattern and create more songs targeting fellow artists. I wonder if Ed and Taylor share the same PR team. In all seriousness,what celebrity would want to hang with people who would kiss and tell through song.

    • Jen says:

      Literally every singer/songwriter in the world writes songs about people they know. People spent years speculating on which famous people Alanis Morisette wrote songs about. It’s dumb to be mad about that.

      • mimif says:

        Just a little green
        Like the nights when the Northern lights perform….

        At least in the Olden days there was a little mystery in the prose.

      • Steph says:

        You are right but the majority of artists who write songs about others are writing songs about their not famous exes or if their exes are a celebrity,then most songs aren’t leaving a map of clues to the identity of the artist. I just think it is a lowly thing to do to a fellow artist who has an image to maintain and who may also value their privacy. Ed’s song made Ellie look trashy.

      • sigh((s)) says:

        How about “you’re so vain”?
        Artists get inspiration from their lives. It is inevitable they will write something about someone they know, and the famous ones know other famous people.

      • Jessica says:

        But look at how many people You’re So Vain has been thought to be about. Carly Simon started dropping hints after it became a big guessing game years after the song actually came out, but the actual song gives no definitive clues to exactly who it’s about so dozens of different names have come up and the question of who it’s about still hasn’t been properly answered. It’s probably mostly inspired by Beatty, but you know if Taylor wrote it there would have been a whole bit about being the Bonnie to his Clyde just to ram it home. Ed and Taylor make it blindingly obvious. There’s no real guessing game to be had, because they lay it all on the table.

  6. Bridget says:

    Honest question: how many of you feel like you need to be harder on Ed about a song like this after Taylor Swift’s comments?

    Personally, I don’t. Songwriting is frequently about personal experiences, and the breakup/heartbreak song is a grand tradition (“You Can Go Your Own Way” for example). Why am I supposed to condemn Sheeran (or T Swift) for doing so?

    • Arne says:

      It’s not really about the song content, because a lot of songs are about losing someone’s significant other, breaking up, etc, but how the media/PR people hype these songs as sort of tabloid fodder. Personally, I feel like their songs are too in-your-face and too detailed that it leaves very little to the imagination for the listener. That’s why people were able to quickly name names because everything is so obvious.

  7. A Nun, A Mouse says:

    …Isn’t he British?

    Not that there isn’t crap American music, but this song is not in that category.

  8. Kikileith says:

    You’re so vain anyone?!

  9. INeedANap says:

    It’s not so much that he wrote a song about Ellie, but what he wrote about. It’s kind of dismissive of her own motivations and very slut-shame-y. I was never a fan of his music (too bland for me), and this doesn’t help.

    Tay-tay, spread some of your new-found feminist sparkle on this kid!

  10. Elisa I. says:

    He is British + he is only 23.
    And he played 4 (!) sold-out shows in the London 02 Arena last week (=80.000 in one city) + the One Direction guy was there, too:

    I like him. 🙂

  11. Lau says:

    Well, he’s a HUGE thing in Europe, his concerts are almost sold out but I find the opinion you have of him over there VERY interesting.

  12. Lau says:

    Well, he’s a HUGE thing in Europe, his concerts are almost all sold out but I find the opinion you have of him over there VERY interesting.

  13. silly you says:

    “Ed’s popularity increased after this hit piece, and he’s reaping the benefits of a blind item song. Will he continue this pattern? I’m watching with interest.”

    Why wouldn’t he? Taylor Swift has made a mountain if $$$$$ doing this shizz.

  14. Mei says:

    His next single is a full on love song, Thinking Out Loud (he actually dances in the video, good on him for trying), so he isn’t carrying on with this trend. The rest of his album isn’t like that and gratefully not like Sing either because that was easily the worst single he’s ever released, so standard boring pop scene fan-baiting. Check out Bloodstream, what a great song. Afire Love too, about a family member with Alzheimer’s I think. He writes very sincere and believable songs which is incredibly refreshing, even if Don’t was a bit of a blind item. Same with Taylor, I won’t discredit her for actually writing her own songs and moreoever writing about her personal experiences.

  15. Pixi says:

    HAHA I love the girl in the background of the header photo eating!

  16. john says:

    Ed Sheeran is amazingly talented and hugely popular outside the US. As a musician and songwriter he is also very honest and raw. In his live shows it’s just him, no backing band, singers or dancers. Isn’t it refreshing to have a musician be truly talented rather than relying on their looks and auto-tune? Sigh, no of course not. Like the best songwriters he writes about his own experiences and things that have had an emotional impact on him so I really don’t get how people can hate on him for that. I also don’t see how it can be taken as slut shaming. The were openly attending awards shows together holding hands and then back at the hotel she gets it on with his friend a few doors down? That is such a shit thing for her and Nial to have done and I don’t understand how anyone would be okay with that. In the song she is crying sorry to him so obviously she realizes it was a hurtful thing to do. Could Ed have wrote a song about Nial being an arse too? Absolutely! Hey maybe he did, it’s a therapeutic thing to do afterall, but maybe it juat wasn’t as good and so we’re not hearing it.

  17. Lauraq says:

    Pretty sure he actually got attention for “The A-Team” last year. Also his duet with Taylor Swift. Also his single “Sing”. So no, “Don’t” is not what got him attention.