“I spent a lot of time in Switzerland, and he wanted to ski. So I took him on a skiing holiday and I was his ski instructor by day. And by night, he taught me how to write songs,” Blunt said.
“I think for my first album, some of my songs got a lot of criticism after they’d been perhaps overplayed. So I kind of shut down — I stopped writing really open lyrics,” Blunt explained.
Sheeran changed that. “He said, this is your job, let’s write something really open and genuine,” Blunt said. “It was a real education. It took me back to how I started off.”
“That’s why I think there’s an authenticity and confidence back in my songwriting that I needed a young kid to show me,” he added. “He’s a really nice guy. His feet are solidly on the ground, and he’s a phenomenal talent. I really enjoyed working with him.”
Blunt’s new album, The Afterlove, drops March 24.