It’s been an ugly cry kind of day, but after shedding substantial tears on a congested drive from Santa Monica to Atwater Village, I feel like my sassy self again thanks to Ed Sheeran’s underdog tune, “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” a reminder to all that anyone would be lucky to have you as a significant other, employee, friend, etc. I think we can all connect with this strong-minded, confident sentiment in some way, and luckily there’s so much more to love about the budding British singer behind such a powerful song. Here are ten reasons Ed Sheeran is my own personal Justin Timberlake and should be yours as well.
10. He’s a champion for gingers
You may envy natural redheads for being different, but take it from a lady who grew up being called “freckle face” and some other choice nicknames: it’s not glamorous most of the time, and I’m sure Ed Sheeran was subjected to even more jokes than the average female redhead. But he gives us gingers a good name and reiterates to people with other hair colors that we have souls, too.
9. He’s buddies with Taylor Swift
Swiftie is adorable, and these two make quite an adorable BFF team. Have you heard their collaborative hit “Everything Has Changed?” It’s a winner, and it also made me tear up on that drive through LA yesterday. Thanks a lot, Taylor and Ed!
8. He admits he’s got talent
Ed Sheeran is familiar with rejection and being told his work is inadequate, but rather than cry over criticism, he blasts the haters through music. “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” expresses something true for all of us. If you’ve ever been denied a job for which you were absolutely qualified or dumped for someone else, a song like this could do you some good. I’m not saying you have to feel vengeful or behave like you’re too good for anyone, but never forget your worth, even if others lead you to believe you don’t deserve what you want.
7. He’s British
That accent gets me every time.
6. He’s got variety
5. He doesn’t look like your average heartthrob
I’d much rather follow a talented singer than a gorgeous but milquetoast one, and while Ed Sheeran lacks the sculpted abs of Nick Lachey circa 1998, he’s got some incredible vocal chords and has still charmed his way up to 9 million Twitter followers. He’s aware of this too and recently told Q magazine, “I don’t think I’ve ever sold records based on my looks, which is positive, [because] it means that even if I do become a fat slob when I’m older, it won’t matter.”