Ed Sheeran thought he was "gay for a bit" because he liked Britney Spears and musicals

1 November 2021, 15:22

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By Sam Prance

Ed Sheeran has opened up about masculinity and sexuality in a brand new interview.

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Ed Sheeran says he thought he was gay when he was growing up because he was a fan of "Britney Spears and musicals".

Ed Sheeran is currently in the midst of promo for his fourth studio album =. The record is Ed's first solo project since he put out his record-breaking LP ÷ in 2017, and it contains the hit singles 'Bad Habits' and 'Shivers'. In press around =, Ed has revealed that the album is inspired by him becoming a father and that he considers it to be a coming of age record.

Now, Ed has opened up about his relationship with masculinity and sexuality in a new interview in support of the project.

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Ed Sheeran thought he was "gay for a bit" because he liked Britney Spears and musicals
Ed Sheeran thought he was "gay for a bit" because he liked Britney Spears and musicals. Picture: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo, Jive Records

Speaking on the Dutch podcast Man, Man, Man, Ed revealed: "I have a definite feminine side, to the point that when I was a kid I thought I was gay for a bit."

The 30-year-old then explained exactly what led him to think that he might be queer as a child. He said: "I definitely have a big feminine side. I love musical theatre, I love pop music, I love Britney Spears."

Ed then explained: "My masculine side probably stops at drinking beer and watching football. I am not a hugely masculine person anyway. I am not a car guy. I like a nice car, but I’m not a car guy."

In other words, Ed, who is straight, seemed to believe that he was gay based on stereotypes surrounding the LGBTQ+ community and toxic masculinity.

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A reminder that it is possible to be any sexuality and love musical theatre, pop and Britney Spears.

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