The What Makes You Beautiful singers, who have worked with Sheeran on their debut album, claim the ginger-haired star feels like the extra member of 1D.
Speaking of Ed, Niall Horan told the Daily Star: "Getting to write and record with Ed on our album was an honour. We need a ginger guy in the group. The closest thing we have is an Irish guy, me.”
Louis Tomlinson also praised the A-Team hitmaker, stating: "Ed is phenomenal. He’s been one of the artists who has blown up in a major way."
He added: "We were surprised by the album because it’s more like the calm, acoustic nice guy Ed. I thought he was going to give us more of that You Need Me vibe.”
When asked about their first LP, Zayn Malik teased: "It’s anthemic. We can’t say that enough times. To work with RedOne was such a big deal. It’s more like the sound he created with Nicole Scherzinger. Powerful.”
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