“They’ve gotten to a point where they know how to write songs,” Sheeran told MTV. “Harry [Styles] was 16 when I first met him…but now he’s 21 and has written with everyone in the world and learned how to write songs, so they don’t really need as much help anymore. They can kind of do their own thing.”
Sheeran also told MTV that “18,” his contribution to Four, was actually just a one-off rather than the result of a concerted effort to write together. “I was in Denmark and I wrote it in my hotel bathroom and I was like, ’This sounds like a One Direction song,” he said. “And I emailed it to them, and they were like, ’I really like it,’ so it wasn’t even me having to write a song. It was just like, I’ll see what they think.”
Ed, maybe 1D doesn’t strictly need you to make a hit — but think of the Directioner/Sheerios! They have needs too.