TAYLOR Swift may have put Ed Sheeran in the friend-zone from day one - but some members of her famous girl squad obviously feel differently.
The Castle on the Hill singer, 26, got very candid in an interview with Rolling Stone, revealing he hooked up with some of Swift's friends after the pair began touring together a few years ago.
"Taylor's world is celebrity," says Sheeran.
"I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates. It was very easy. … I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f**k did that happen?'"
It's been widely speculated one such former flame was Ellie Goulding - who was reportedly the inspiration for Don't, his breakup song about a fellow pop star who he discovers has had sex with a friend staying on the same hotel floor.
Goulding responded with her hit single On My Mind, which features the brutal lyrics: "You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos."
Sheeran, who's now dating his high-school sweetheart Cherry Seaborn, also spoke up against the backlash experienced by Swift in recent times.
"She would be there if everything ended for me," Sheeran said. "Taylor is kind of an anomaly in that sense."
He added: "She's omnipresent because she's the most famous woman in the world, so she can't make the decision to not be in the press. I always stick up for Taylor."
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