John has been instrumental in Sheeran’s career, acting as a mentor as well as running Sheeran’s management company Rocket. The pair also performed together live at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
“He was so omnipresent I said, ‘Ed, even I’m sick of you. Go away.’ And he did. He just went to the Far East with his girlfriend, had a great time, put on a lot of weight, ate food and came back.”
John added: “One thing I said to him when he went, I said, ‘Don’t put on weight,’ because he’s very prone to put on weight like I am. And he came back heavy, but he lost it all for the album. He just went away and had a great time.”
“It was the most brilliant thing he could have done, because it refreshes your soul – not that I ever did it. I’m not one for going to the Far East and walking around with a backpack on; I just find that not my cup of tea. I’m too much involved with other things.”
Elton went on to say: “He reminds me of me when I first started out; his enthusiasm and his love. He’s always doing something, whether he’s writing his own stuff or he’s writing with other people.”
“This is why I wanted to start a management company, to say to these kids, \I’ve been here. You need to do this. I can help you because I am who I am,’ and he’s been forever grateful. You know, I love him to death.”
Sheeran recently joked that he might get a tattoo of Elton John on his behind.
Asked in February whether he would rather have a rear tattoo of Taylor Swift or Elton, Sheeran replied: “I reckon Elton’s face because he’s always asking me to sit on it. He f—ing does; I’m not even joking.”
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Recently speaking about his friendship with Elton John, Sheeran said: “There are lots of pinch-me moments in my career, and I think the way you don’t turn yourself insane is to just roll with them and don’t think about them too much. But, obviously, it’s weird being able to call Elton a friend.”