"Cause I've been away for a bit here's two singles rather
than one", the 25-year-old Grammy and BRIT Award-winner posted
"Shape of You" was initially being written for Barbadian singer
Rihanna but Sheeran told BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show that he
changed his mind as the lyrics progressed.
Sheeran, who has become one of Britain's top-selling artists in
recent years and written songs for One Direction, Taylor Swift
and Justin Bieber, did not say whether an album would follow the
The songs are Sheeran's first since he released "Photograph" in
May 2015. He told the BBC he spent his time off travelling as he
"never saw anything other than hotels, venues and a bar" when
(Reporting by Sara Hemrajani; Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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