Ed Sheeran: Musicians pressure themselves too much

Ed Sheeran has revealed he believes musicians are too caught up in their own appearances.

Ed Sheeran thinks musicians put too much pressure on themselves to look perfect.

The 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker, who previously revealed he used to wear a girdle to make himself look slimmer on stage, insists he doesn't let critics who keep close tabs on his weight get to him.

He said: "I've never tried to look a certain way, and at the beginning the media was not nice, but I never really cared. Taylor [Swift] is the same way. I think the pressure on artists - both male and female - to look good in the media actually comes from the artists themselves. In reality you need to live your life."

The 24-year-old star struggled to make a name for himself when he was first starting out, but claims giving up on his dreams wasn't an option.

He said: "It was hard, but throwing in the towel never made any sense to me. Simply, I didn't have a plan B.

"When I started, I wasn't that good, but I knew if I just kept playing, I'd get better."

Despite his success, Ed says he is still adjusting to fame.

He added to America's Glamour magazine: "It's a weird adjustment, but I found that I shouldn't question it. I try not to think, 'Oh, I'm here with Elton John - this is weird!' Just roll with it."

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