Ed Sheeran Apologizes For Ginger Men Sex Claim, Tells Everyone To ‘Lighten Up’

Popular British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has apologized after claiming that red haired men in the U.K. — also referred to as ginger men — are having more sex and that it’s because of his popularity.

According to reports in The Telegraph, the 24-year-old pop/folk star, speaking to a U.S. radio station last week, had suggested that ginger men were having more sex in the U.K. as a result of his fame, and even suggested that some men had taken to impersonating him as a means of scoring with the ladies. He recounted one particularly funny story involving one of his cousins, who had encountered one of these impostors.

Entertainment Tonight however reported on Friday that Sheeran — currently in North America as part of his world tour promoting his latest album, titled x (multiply) — had felt compelled to issue an apology for his comments. Sheeran, who has also written songs for teen idols One Direction — including the hit single, “Over Again” — took to Twitter on Friday with two tweets that suggested what had been a tongue in cheek attempt at humor on his part had been taken far too seriously after several media outlets in the U.K. ran the story.

It’s been a busy week for the Grammy-nominated Sheeran, who became popular in the U.S. after writing for Taylor Swift’s album, Red — the single “Everything Has Changed” — and featuring prominently on her subsequent concert tour.

Earlier in the week, he gave an inspiring speech at the 9th Annual American Institute for Stuttering Benefit Gala, in which he explained how he had overcome difficulties — and “weirdness” — as a child to become a major recording artist. He also revealed how listening to Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP had helped him overcome severe stuttering as a child.

Then, after playing a concert in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Wednesday night, and making an unexpected stop for a round of golf in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Thursday, he closed out Friday night with an impressive solo performance — no band, just acoustic guitar and pedal board — at a sold out MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

Nevertheless, Sheeran, who continued his busy tour schedule in Regina on Saturday night, and is scheduled to play in Edmonton and Saskatoon on Sunday and Tuesday respectively, still had time to reveal his pick for the song of the summer to Vulture.com — and it wasn’t one of his songs.

Clearly, Ed Sheeran is heeding his own advice — to “lighten up.”

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