ED ACTS SWIFTLY OVER BAD BLOOD
ED SHEERAN has backed Taylor Swift in her Twitter feud with Nicki Minaj after his own joke social media exchange with Bruno Mars.
Minaj hit out at Swift after missing out on a nomination for the MTV VMA Video of the Year category for her song, Anaconda.
Swift was nominated for her Bad Blood clip.
“I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation,” Sheeran said.
“She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good. And I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant. Her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nomination but Beyonce’s 7/ 11 is in there and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.”
The 24- year- old is himself nominated for a total of six MTV Video Music Award nominations for Thinking Out Loud and Don’t.
After seeing the Minaj/ Swift stoush, Bruno Mars jokingly took to Twitter to have a crack at Sheeran by labelling the VMAs the new WWF and calling his mate into the ring.
“I’ve been wanting to do that for ages with someone but there isn’t any one that I know that I don’t have to text to tell them that this is actually a joke,” Sheeran explained.
“When I saw Bruno do that, I knew he was joking and I know if I say anything, I won’t have to text him and ask him if he’s offended by it with the short jokes.”
Sheeran last night gave a small group of Aussies a moment they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, kicking off the Nova Red Room Global Tour at iconic Dublin venue Whelans by performing in front of 28 competition winners who travelled more than 30 hours to see him.
“I’m not aware of this being done before,” Sheeran said.
“I did a Red Room on Bondi Beach and it was a really good gig but I was sure that most of the people there were from Bondi whereas here I am almost positive that the 28 people have never been to Dublin before.
“Dublin is such a good city to watch music in and this is such an amazing venue.”
Not coincidentally, Whelans was instrumental in Sheeran’s career. Back in 2003, long before he was a global superstar, Sheeran was inspired to follow his music dreams after being in the audience at a Damian Rice gig at the venue. Sheeran will play a run of stadium shows in Australia in November, starting the tour at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane before playing Perth’s NIB Stadium, Melbourne’s AAMI Park and Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
It will mark the end of his X World Tour ( 179 shows in total) and Sheeran hinted he may do a secret show for fans.
“Every time I’ve really toured Australia I lose my voice by the third or fourth gig so I wouldn’t want to tempt fate by doing a secret gig but maybe at the end because that will be the end of the whole tour,’’ he said.
Sheeran and Swift will tour Australia around the same time and given they’re friends, there’s rumours they will appear on stage together.
JOKE FEUD: Ed Sheeran enjoyed a witty social media exchange with Bruno Mars.
NOMINATION: Taylor Swift.