Ed Sheeran considers Elton John a mentor, so he took him seriously when he suggested he take a break. Elton revealed to Rolling Stone that he helped push Ed out of the public eye for a bit.
"He was so omnipresent I said, ‘Ed, even I’m sick of you. Go away.’ And he did."
Ed didn't take all of Elton's advice though. Elton also told him, "Don't put on weight," but Ed enjoyed some time in the Far East with his girlfriend, relaxing, eating, and enjoying life. However, he was able to to drop the few pounds he gained in time for the album's release.
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