Ed Sheeran Gets His 'Rocky' On in Boxing-Focused 'Shape of You' Video
A week after dropping the youthful travelogue video for "Castle on the Hill," Ed Sheeran followed up on Monday morning (Jan. 30) with the clip for the other single from his upcoming Divide (March 3) album, the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash "Shape of You." Shot in Seattle and directed by Jason Koenig, the visual is proof that the couple that sweats together stays together.
It stars Ed as an aspiring boxer who hits the heavy bag at a gym alongside his girlfriend and fellow puncher, played by Fresh Pair actress Jennie Pegouskie. The first line of the song explains why this sparring-focused affair makes sense: "The club isn't the best place to find a lover/ So the bar is where I go." Except this time, Ed, who recently revealed in an interview that he packed on 50 pounds while drinking beers on his year-long hiatus, is focused on fitness and getting ripped.
Well, except for the bit where he and Jennie hit a pub after an intense workout for a gigantic plate of fish and chips, which is not the recommended typical post-workout snack. Cue some adorable couple's sparring, a Rocky-like training sequence fueled by Jennie disappearing and a Fight Club-style underground battle you won't believe.
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Sheeran will be the musical guest on the February 11 episode of Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by 17-timer Alec Baldwin, whose Donald Trump impersonation has drawn the ire of the president. The "Shape of You" video had already racked up nearly 500,000 views in the first few hours after it was posted.