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Ed Sheeran: "I still haven't managed to get back on an iPhone"

Ed Sheeran

8:39am 10th January 2017
(Updated 3:05pm 10th January 2017)

It's safe to say Ed Sheeran isn't someone who craves attention.

The Yorkshire-born singer, who returned to the spotlight this week after an exile of more than a year, has granted Stray FM half an hour of his time.

We're lucky the interview isn't on the phone, as, it turns out, the 25-year-old hasn't quite got used to using one again.

"I still haven't managed to get back on an iPhone, which I said to myself I would do...I just don't want to."

He added: "That's the last step. I enjoy life without a phone, it's a lot less hassle."

In December 2015, Sheeran announced he was taking a break from the music industry and social media to "travel the world".

In recent weeks, there have been a number of cryptic posts on social media leading up to the release of two new tracks, Castle On The Hill and Shape Of You.

"Dropping two [tracks] is, one, a talking point and, two, it just gives people an eclectic view of what the album's going to be and makes them not expect one thing," he said.

"When the album comes out, if the songs are completely different on it they'll be like 'well of course', because the first two singles were so drastically different."

Sheeran first broke through into the mainstream in 2012, winning Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act

In total, he's won four Brits, but admits he actually has five in his home: "They give you a place holder award that you hold as you do the speech and I just took it."

Sheeran also tells us he'd love to record a really cheesy Christmas song "one day". Watch this space.

So will we see Sheeran performing on a stage in Yorkshire anytime soon?

He's not seen the tour dates yet apparently, but he did speak fondly of the county where he spent the first four years of his life.

"I love going back to Yorkshire and I still put two tea bags in my tea."

You can hear the full interview with Stray FM's Christopher Dean:

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