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Humblebraggadocio: Ed Sheeran and the rise of the British beta male

'Boy next door' Ed Sheeran plays to the crowds at Glastonbury in 2017
'Boy next door' Ed Sheeran plays to the crowds at Glastonbury in 2014

Ed Sheeran must be the only bloke from sleepy Suffolk to brag about hooking up with Taylor Swift's mates — and be telling the truth.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the multi-platinum boy-next-door singer spoke about attracting the affections of beautiful women despite his uncool image.

 "I was this 22-year-old awkward British kid going on tour with the biggest artist in America, who has all these famous mates," he said, describing a period of time in 2013, before he got together with his childhood friend Cherry Seaborn. "I would often find myself in situations just kind of waking up and looking over and being like, 'How the f*** did that happen?'"

Before you spend too long grappling with that question yourself, it's worth noting that the anecdote is classic Sheeran: at once self-deprecating and boastful; quotidian and abnormal. A humblebrag from the king of humblebragging.

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