Ed Sheeran is one of the best songwriters in the world right now, but he hasn't always been this popular.
The singer has opened up about being quite unpopular in school and how the experience has fuelled his music career.
In an interview with British GQ, Ed explained that there's an "underdog element" to his work ethic and that he and Taylor Swift have shared the same experiences.
"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.
"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*ck you. I can.’”
Popularity, of course, isn't the be all end all, but by believing in yourself and doing what is best for you, Ed believes that's the key to success.
The singer explained that he constantly sets benchmarks for himself.
He's aiming to beat out all of his fellow songwriters for a number one album.
"There are a lot of singer-songwriters around now.
"I’m not the first but there are more than before. I’m very happy for everyone to be in the same race as me, even if they copy every single thing I’ve done.
"[But] I’m going to make sure I come first."
Well, it looks like Ed has a lot more confidence than he used to!
We're sure his album will sell quicker than a Zooper Dooper in a heatwave!
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