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Ed Sheeran: Most Women Would Rather Mother Me Than Take Me to Bed

Ed Sheeran: Most Women Want to Mother Me

Originally posted 08/27/2013 10:00AM

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is one of the hottest redheads in showbiz. But he doesn't really get it.

"I find the whole concept of women screaming at me so odd," Sheeran, 22, told PEOPLE at Sunday's Video Music Awards. "It's very flattering, but I don't think I will ever consider myself to be a sex symbol."

Attention from female fans also isn't always what it seems, according to Sheeran, who's a paddleboarding pal of Taylor Swift. "If you speak to most women, they want to take me home and mother me rather than take me to bed," he said. "I just have that impression."

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VIDEO: Taylor Swift Performs with Carly Simon & Paddleboards with Ed Sheeran

Caught in the Act

UpdatePosted 07/29/2013 01:05PM

Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran Go Stand Up Paddleboarding in Rhode Island

Originally posted 07/29/2013 10:20AM

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran rocked Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Saturday and then the tour mates proceeded to rock a pair of stand up paddleboards.

On Sunday, the musicians were spotted in Watch Hill, R.I., where Swift owns a summer home and appeared to be enjoying the water sport – she was spotted maneuvering across the waves on Wednesday.

Swift – currently in the midst of her Red tour – sported a black-and-white striped bikini, while the flame-haired Sheeran remained fully clothed (and fully drenched after a possible spill) in a black T-shirt and shorts.

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Which Superstar Gives Ed Sheeran a Weekly Ring?

Ed Sheeran Gets a Weekly Phone Call from Elton John

Originally posted 07/15/2013 07:00PM

When he's not touring with Taylor Swift and singing to crowds of adoring fans, Ed Sheeran fields weekly phone calls from a famous fellow Englishman.

"Elton [John]'s continually surprising me with how much he [cares]," the musician, 22, told PEOPLE Friday in New York City at a showcase for his new custom-designed CF Martin & Co. guitar.

"He'll ring me weekly just to be like, 'Don't give up. Do this single ... I know you want to do this but do this.'"

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What Makes Ed Sheeran Feel Like a Stud? | Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift

Ed Sheeran: Rumors He's Dating Taylor Swift Make Him 'Feel Like a Stud'

Originally posted 04/05/2013 04:00PM

From a Grammy nomination to performing toe-to-toe with Elton John – singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has had a lot of pinch-me moments lately. But the weirdest yet? Rumors he's dating pal Taylor Swift.

"We're not," he says with a laugh. Which isn't to say that the whole thing wasn't a hoot: "My mates asked if it was true. It made me feel like a stud!"

He sure is. Since the success of his single "The A Team," the flame-haired, Framlingham, England-bred Sheeran, 22, is living the dream.

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