According to the singer, the record-breaking single was originally written with Little Mix in mind, not Rihanna as had been reported.
“We started it for Little Mix, originally,’ Ed told Box Music. “and then it kind , like, halfway through thought “actually this could be good for Rihanna.”
“Then more the way through, we were like, “yeah this is actually pretty good we should keep it.”
Ed went on to say that he actually didn’t want to keep it at all as he didn’t feel like it sounded like him but he put his “acoustic, loops and pedals” on it to make it a bit more his vibe.
The singer released his new album ÷ (Divide), and it sold more copies in one day (232,000) than any other 2016 album did in a week.
On its release, the album was streamed 56,727,861 times on Spotify, doubling the record set by the previous record holder, The Weeknd’s Starboy, with 29m streams in November 2016.
It was recently revealed that the British singer is planning to put together a boyband who’ll sing exclusively “super-pop” songs he’s written for them.
Rolling Stone say Ed is “in the process auditioning members a boy band he’s creating” and has “already written lots songs for the group”.