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Ed Sheeran: “I Don’t Think I Look Like a Pop Star”; Denies Dating Taylor Swift

Image courtesy of Ben Watts (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Ben Watts (via ABC News Radio)

Ed Sheeran ’s hot right now, on both sides of the Atlantic.  After topping the charts in his native U.K. with his new album, X ( multiply), the singer has now scored his first U.S. #1 album .  That makes him a bona-fide international pop star -- not that he thinks he looks like one.

Ed tells Cosmopolitan , “People in pop bands usually look quite nice, but the boy next-door is going to look like a normal person. I don't think I look like a pop star.” 

Does he think his boy-next-door appearance is one of the reasons he’s so popular?  Could be: “I think attractive men are quite threatening, because they know they're attractive and go in with a sort of confidence that can be very unattractive,” Ed says.  “There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance.”

It’s probably safe to say that Ed could have a beautiful woman on his arm whenever he likes.  But what about his relationship with one beauty in particular?  “The world is convinced that Taylor and I dated,” Ed says, referring to his friendship with Taylor Swift .  “Everyone, even my friends are like, ‘Yeah, but you did, right?’ I haven't. I legitimately haven't,” he insists.

Read the full interview with Ed in the August issue of Cosmopolitan , on sale Tuesday, July 8.

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