The crooner talks Swift, why he's mum about romance and his forthcoming album in a new interview

By Nick Maslow
Updated October 29, 2015 01:45 PM
Credit: Meredith Jenks

You’ll only see women kick butt in Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” music video, but Ed Sheeran says there’s room for men in her real-life squad.

In a new interview with Billboard, Sheeran, 24, was asked if he hangs out with Swift, 25, when she’s surrounded by her bevy of famous pals.

“Of course,” he said while laughing. “It’s not a vaginas-only club.”

The pals have the photos to back it up: it’s impossible to forget that hilarious costume Sheeran wore to Swift’s star-studded July 4 party, which was practically a squad convention.

Sheeran’s understanding of squad membership requirements might be a funny point of contention for Swift’s BFF Selena Gomez, 23.

“Here’s the thing: we haven’t really had any males,” Gomez said on Today earlier this month. “That’s kind of why we have the squad.”

In the span of 24 hours, Billboard also spoke with Sheeran about everything from speculation of his love life (the rumor mill has said he’s with high school friend Cherry Seaborn) to his upcoming third album (Jay Z has heard it!).

Read on to find out Sheeran’s thoughts on that and much more.

1. On being nervous about the release of his forthcoming third album:

“So this is my little baby. Normally I don’t care much about what people think of my music. If you love it, awesome; if you don’t, go and listen to something else. But this time is different. This project is a lot more dear to me. I’m nervous about how it’s going to be received.”

2. On how Jay Z reacted to the new music:

“He made me play it four times in a row and called me an alien. That was promising.”

3. On whether he is dating anyone:

“I just never want to be public. It always, always backfires. I really wish I could disappear at moments that I’m with a significant other. It’s none of anyone’s f—ing business.”

4. On not streaming music:

“I don’t stream anything ever. I don’t even really get it. I buy everything off iTunes or physically.”

5. On being far from a Radiohead expert:

“I’ve never listened to a Radiohead album, to be honest. I didn’t hear a Bruce Springsteen song until like two years ago, and now I f—ing love Springsteen. I didn’t hear Michael Jackson songs ’till I was 14. I like discovering things on my own. I want to have that moment of ‘holy s—,’ the moment of the epiphany.”