Taylor Swift has one of the biggest and most loyal group of friends ever (as evidenced by how they came to her defense during the whole Kanye drama 2.0), and part of the reason why her friends all seem to love Tay Tay so much is because she appears to actually be a very good friend. While she featured many members of her girl squad in her Bad Blood music video and even took the all-female crew as her 2015 VMA date(s), one of T.Swift’s besties is actually a fella: Ed Sheeran. The pair toured together during Taylor’s Red album tour and have been huge supporters of each other both personally and professionally. Today is Ed’s birthday, and Taylor penned on of the most heartfelt messages for her fellow singer/songwriter BFF on Instagram. Seriously, tearing up.
Though Ed had been nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 for “The A Team,” Best New Artist in 2014 and Album of the Year in 2015 (for x), 2016 was the year Ed’s smash hit of a song “Thinking Out Loud” finally won him his first two Grammy awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
The songstress posted this image of the “Thinking Out Loud” singer giving his acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards, along with the caption:
“Looking back on the highlights of my life, there’s a moment I’ll never forget from a day in London about two years ago. I was in town to play the O2 and I was out shopping on my day off. My friend Ed Sheeran met up with me in this little shop where I was buying ballet shoes. He walks in and says, ‘You have to hear this new song. I think it’s the best one I’ve ever written.’ And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard ‘Thinking Out Loud’ for the first time, as little kids were picking out tutus and leotards next to us. Little did we know it would go on to be first dance song at countless weddings all over the world, become Ed’s biggest hit, and eventually go on to win him Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Ed and I had been on tour together all year on the Red Tour and we saw each other almost every day. I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me. It happened so often that it became normal, and I don’t think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don’t think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it’s his 25th birthday today, so I’m saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed.”
Taylor was adorably elated for her bestie when his name was announced — possibly even more excited than she would have felt had her own song “Blank Space,” which was nominated for the same category (!!), won. Serious #friendshipgoals.
Happy birthday, Ed Sheeran!
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(Photos via Kevin Mazur/Getty + @taylorswift)