Ed Sheeran Says That “Shape Of You” Was Initially Meant For Rihanna

Rachel Sonis | January 6, 2017 11:02 am

It seems that Ed Sheeran‘s Divide era is officially in full swing.

Not only did he unleash two new songs (the trop-pop banger “Shape Of You” and the sweeping “Castle On The Hill”), he also stopped by BBC Radio 1 to talk about what he has in store for his fans. And even though he hasn’t yet revealed when his album will release, Sheeran did mention that “Shape Of You” was initially meant for Rihanna

“‘Shape Of You’ is actually a really random one because I went in to write songs for other people with a guy called Steve Mac and a guy called Johnny McDaid,” he said. “And we were writing this song, and I was like, ‘This would really work for Rihanna.’ But then I started singing lyrics like putting ‘Van The Man on the jukebox,’ and I was like ‘She’s not really going to sing that, is she.'”

Sheeran continued, “We sort of decided half-way through that we were going to make it for me. This came really late. This was the last song that was finished.”

What’s more, the British crooner also gave his first-ever live performance of “Castle On The Hill.” And in true Sheeran fashion, the singer opted for an acoustic rendition of the song, which made things all the more bittersweet.  

Watch below.

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