Ed Sheeran: 'My inner circle convinced me to release Shape of You'

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Ed Sheeran says his inner circle convinced him not to give away one of his biggest hits, Shape of You.

The singer-songwriter admits he'd be lost without his nearest and dearest, because he's not always sure about the tunes that will work for him.

"I've been wrong in a lot of cases... and I think the key to it is having people that you listen to...," he tells web series Hot Ones, explaining he initially didn't want to record his 2017 mega-hit Shape of You, which featured on ÷, his third studio album.

"I didn't want to put that on my album... and everyone said, 'If you put this on, it'll be the biggest hit of your career'... I kind of felt it was like cheating, because I'd basically done a paint-by-numbers pop tune... and it was the biggest hit of my career... so I was wrong there."

But Ed insists even his inner circle messes up from time to time - even if they don't always want to admit it later on.

"I know the people involved will deny this to the hilt, but there is no way that I would have given this song away if people liked it, but when I wrote Justin Bieber's Love Yourself I remember playing that to people and them being like, 'Meh', so I gave it away and now it's like, 'Why did you give it away? You never played this to us!'" he laughs.

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