Ed Sheeran Raps First Song on 'Divide,' Talks Gaining (And Then Losing) 50 Pounds Between Albums

Ed Sheeran appears on the Breakfast Club.
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Ed Sheeran during an interview on the Breakfast Club.

Ed Sheeran might have been out of sight for a year during his self-imposed blackout, but the singer/songwriter kept super-busy with everything but music. Now that he's less than two months from releasing his third album, Divide (due March 3), though, it's time to get back to work and talk up the 12 new songs he cooked up during his hiatus.

While stopping by Power 105's The Breakfast Club on Thursday (Jan. 12), Sheeran discussed his year-long social media absence as well as his serious weight gain (and eventual loss). "I've lost like 50 pounds," he told the morning crew. "I doubled in size and sweatpants were the only thing that fit and I thought everything had shrunk in the wash but it hadn't."

The culprit: beer. He said once he cut out the pub time and started exercising the weight came right off. At the same time, he realized he had taken the busy tour life for granted when it came to keeping him healthy.

"I didn't realize how much I burned on stage. I stopped touring and I just ballooned instantly," he said, noting that he painted the Divide album cover, will be boxing in the "Shape of You" video and that he names his albums after math symbols because, well, nobody else does.

Sheeran also revealed that he raps on the Divide opening track "Eraser" -- which he partially shared with the Breakfast Club hosts and listeners -- explaining that there were no rhymes on the album at first. "I wasn't [going to rap] and then I felt like it was missing 'it,'" he explained, naming J. Cole and Stormzy as his favorite MC's.

Check out the full interview and the "Eraser" rap (around the 7:02 mark) below:

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