Ed Sheeran has revealed that he struggled with his image after finding fame, and used to compare himself to One Direction and Justin Bieber.
Speaking to George Ezra on his new podcast, the singer admitted that he felt pressure to look a certain way in the early days of his music career.
“I was like, ‘They’re so photogenic and they’ve got six packs… and I should look like that,'” Ed confessed.
“But should I actually care if I’m fat or not? No-one’s bought my records based on me looking a certain way.”
“I had zero insecurities before I became a singer – and I was born with ginger hair. I didn’t care. I’d have a beer belly, ginger hair, wouldn’t wash and wear scraggly clothes.
“But as soon as you become in the public eye and people start picking holes in you, you start thinking things are bad for you. Like, ‘Am I fat?'” he said.