Ed Sheeran opens up about his friendship with Taylor Swift, his new album and his competitive nature.

There’s an underdog element to it. Taylor 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.
— Ed Sheeran on fame for British GQ

The "underdog complex", according to Ed, means that he wants to be the biggest male artist in the world and Taylor wants to be the biggest female artist, adding "It also comes from always being told that you can't do something and being like, 'F-you. I can.'"

He's set his Divide album sales sights on besting fellow UK artist Adele's. She is the only artist to sall more albums than Sheeran in the last decade so he says he's using her sales as a target to meet and beat.

To hear more about Ed's new album, his competitive spirit and he and Taylor's kindred bond, check out his interview with British GQ online now