Ed Sheeran is such a nice guy that when he trashes a hotel room, he feels horrible about it. Welcome to rock star shenanigans in the year 2014.
In a revealing new interview with Parade, the British singer-songwriter opens up about how it pays to be "nice" in the music industry these days, lest you get screwed.
“I felt so bad and said, ‘Oh, someone’s going to have to clean this up,’" he told the magazine. “So I literally de-trashed my room and put it back to normal. If I trash a hotel room, will anyone like me more? You’re not going to have kids going, ‘Oh, that’s really cool and edgy.’ You’re probably going to get a ticked-off maid and that’s about it.”
He went on to say that his philosophy about the new nice directly impacts his music career. “Radio stations aren’t going to play you if you show up late. You have to be respectful and do your job. You can guarantee that Taylor Swift will always be professional and polite, and if you want to be as big as her, you have to be just as professional and polite. If you’re not, radio stations will say, ‘Hmmm, he wasn’t very nice to us yesterday, but she was lovely, so we’re going to play her records.’
“I know this isn’t going to last forever," Sheeran added about his career. "Now is the time when I’m making my musical statements and being cool and going to parties. But I don’t think I’ll be living this life in 10 years’ time. If I am, please slap me.”
Ed Sheeran's new album X is out now. Check out the video for "Sing" below: