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Who Is Ed Sheeran’s Song “Shape of You” About? It’s Not As Clear As You’d Think

Attention peopleeeeee! Ed Sheeran is set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 21. GET PUMPED.

I’m willing to bet he’s going to perform “Shape of You,” but who knows, maybe he’ll do “Galway Girl” or “Castle on the Hill.” Whatever song he does choose to sing, I’m looking forward to seeing my favorite ginger take the stage and serenade me through the TV screen.

This is going to be a personal moment between me and Ed, so I need all of you b*tches to take a pee break during his performance, k? Thx. You can tune back in after. I’ll text you when he’s done.

Anyway, now that we have the ground rules set, “Shape of You” was the first song to be released from Ed’s latest album Divide, and people love it so much that one woman in the UK was literally arrested for playing it too much.

HOMEGIRL, CALM YOURSELF.

Maybe she listened to it so much because she was trying to figure out who the song is about. And when you look at it that way, it’s fair. RELEASE HOMEGIRL THIS INSTANT!

As is the case with all of Ed Sheeran’s songs, people are trying to decipher who the song could be inspired by. Whose shape does he love?! My shape is lumpy baked potato with all the fixings.

Some people think it’s his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn. The couple started dating two years ago, but met back in high school. Ed said in an interview with Rolling Stone that Cherry is “the nicest girl you’ll ever meet, but on the field she’s a fucking animal.” (She played field hockey in college. Important context.)

WOAH, MAMA. So it’s pretty likely that Ed is in love with the shape of his two-year girlfriend whom he spent an entire year traveling the world with.

Wow, I can’t even get through my family’s year 10-hour drive to Cape Cod without fighting with my sister at least seven times, and these two spent an entire YEAR traveling the world together?! Damn. Literally, bond yourselves in holy matrimony.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

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According to Bustle, Ed was originally writing “Shape of You” for Rihanna. He said to BBC1 Radio,

[‘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 Johnny McDaid, and we were writing this song and I was like ‘this would really work for Rihanna,’ and then I started singing lyrics like ‘putting Van The Man on the jukebox’ and I was like ‘well she’s not really going to sing that, is she?’

So I guess he was writing it with Rihanna in mind at first, but then it became to relevant to his own life, so now it’s just about Cherry.

OR — HEAR ME OUT — IT’S ABOUT ME!

Just kidding. The only time a guy has ever sung to me was in my school’s musical and he was literally required to sing to me. I tried making out with him at the cast party and was ferociously rejected.

Hahahaha, memories 🙂

You can watch the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 21, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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