In a Wednesday (Oct. 6) interview on Jan-Willem Start Op, a morning radio program from Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2, Sheeran officially announced that he and John would be releasing a Christmas song together this December. As hosts Jan-Willem Roodbeen and Jeroen Kijk in de Vegte questioned the singer about his plans for any upcoming holiday music, Sheeran finally spilled the beans and told them of the song: "It's f---ing great."
Sheeran revealed that John — whom he says he talks to on the phone "almost every single day" — called him on Christmas Day back in 2020 to propose his idea. "He rung me on Christmas Day and he said, '"Step Into Christmas" is No. 6 on the charts, and I'm 74, and I'm still having f—ing chart hits, this is great! I want to do another Christmas song, will you do it with me?'" the "Shivers" singer said.