Ed Sheeran Talks About Going Topless for 'Shape of You' Video

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Ed Sheeran performs at Henham Park Estate on July 17, 2015 in Southwold, England.

"Having my shirt off in the video wasn't my idea."

Ed Sheeran plays an aspiring boxer in his "Shape of You" music video, which includes a shirtless shot the hitmaker says he "Wasn't really comfortable with" at first. 

Speaking with US Weekly, Sheeran discussed taking his top off for the video and how he wound up feeling OK about it in the end. 

"My lifestyle changed. I realized I needed to start exercising, not necessarily to be slim but have a healthy heart. By exercising and not having such a wild lifestyle, you end up being a healthy human being," he said. "Having my shirt off in the video wasn't my idea though. It was the director's and it kind of happened very last minute. I wasn't really comfortable with it but he lit it in such a way that it ended up looking quite cool."

Elsewhere in the conversation, Sheeran discussed how his high school crush (and current girlfriend) Cherry Seaborn inspired his Divide ballad "Perfect."

"'Perfect' was the first song that I wrote for the album, It was inspired by Cherry," he said. "The line that goes, ‘Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favorite song' was about when we were in Ibiza listening to Future's 'March Madness' literally not wearing any shoes and going mental on the lawn, which was quite a nice time. I didn't see her first reaction to the song because she lived in New York at the time. So I just emailed it to her but she did really like it."

As things get more and more serious with Seaborn, the 26-year-old Sheeran said he wants to have kids -- but that doesn't mean it's going to happen anytime soon. 

"I want kids but just because you are ready doesn't mean it has to happen. I think you could be ready for five to 10 years and then choose the right time. But I feel positive about it."

Watch Sheeran's "Shape of You" music video here: