It's one of the biggest mysteries about Ed Sheeran's "Don't": who's the girl in the song who sneaked under his nose and hooked up with another guy... in the same hotel? But maybe more importantly, which dude so utterly broke the bro code?
Ed has been very polite and British about the story behind the X song to date, refusing to name names and saying that he just wrote it to make peace with the situation, which he did with such cutting lines as, "I never intended to be next/ But you didn’t need to take him to bed that’s all/ And I never saw him as a threat/ Until you disappeared with him to have sex of course/ It’s not like we were both on tour/ We were staying on the same f---ing hotel floor."
On Monday (September 8), during an appearance on Howard Stern's satellite radio show, Sheeran played a few songs ("Thinking Out Loud" and a killer cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City"), chatted about how he (kind of) introduced Snow Patrol guitarist and mate Johnny McDaid to Courteney Cox, and, oh yeah, he almost revealed who the bro code-breaker was.
"It was a One Direction guy, right," Stern asked about the origin of "Don't."
"The papers says a lot of things," Sheeran replied. "I have kept my mouth shut about a lot of things. I think if you add any fuel to any fire..." Stern, of course, was not satisfied with that answer and wondered if Sheeran was mad about the betrayal and wanted to kick the guy's butt.
"I didn't really come out of that situation upset," Ed said. "I was just pissed off. I just thought it was a bit disrespectful." He wasn't in love with the woman, he said, but it was definitely a blow to his ego. "I got over it as soon as the song was done and the song happened pretty soon after," Sheeran explained, noting that he did confront the guy afterwards and informed him of his bro code breach. "It's a difficult conversation to have... He was my mate, so I was just a bit like, 'um not cool, but...'"
"That was the guy in One Direction, right?" Stern asked one more time. "No," Sheeran said.
"Well, it depends which one you're talking about," Ed laughed, perhaps suggesting that this wasn't the first time he'd gotten 1D'd-over?