Ed Sheeran has lifted the lid on his friendship with songstress Taylor Swift and revealed that neither of them were the popular kids at school. The star - who currently holds the number one and two spots in the charts - said that now they are the popular kids, they have "taken it too far".

Ed SheeranEd Sheeran said neither he nor Taylor Swift were popular at school

In an interview with the Daily Star, Sheeran revealed their friendship as a competitive one.

Of the two of them, he said: "She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world.

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"It comes from being told you can’t do something and then being like, ‘F*** you, I can’."

He added: "There’s an underdog element to it, Taylor [Swift] was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school.

"Then you get to the point where you become the most popular kid in school - and we both take it a bit too far."

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Despite their respective popularity and successes, it seems it’s not Taylor who Ed really feels in competition with, it’s British singer/songwriter, Adele.

He told GQ magazine: "Adele is the one person who’s sold more records than me in the past ten years. She’s the only person I need to sell more records than.

"That’s a big f***ing feat because her last album sold 20 million. But if I don’t set her as the benchmark then I’m selling myself short."