Ed Sheeran has to be one of the most relatable pop stars out there. He looks like a normal person and he acts like a normal person - there is no snobbery in his demeanor and that's part of the reason why people love him. 

Thus, it was surprising to hear that some of the pressures of stardom almost got the better of him early in his career.

Particularly the pressure to look a certain way. He was in the charts with Justin Bieber and One Direction at the time and his image is very different to those acts. 

On a new podcast hosted by George Ezra, Ed told of his insecurities early on his career that were brought on by this. He said when he started appearing in the charts alongside other acts, he thought: "They’re so photogenic and they’ve got six packs… and I should look like that."

Variety is the spice of life and Ed should have realised that image isn't all that important, when you can sing and perform at the level he does. However, we all have our moments of insecurity and this was Ed's. 

He added: "As soon as you become in the public eye and people start picking holes in you, you start thinking things are bad for you. Like, ‘Am I fat?’“ 

This was a far cry from Ed's early career. He describes those days before the charts in the same podcast, stating: "Like, I’d have a beer belly, ginger hair, wouldn’t wash, wear scraggly clothes and I wouldn’t give a f*ck." 

Adding: "My diet was pizza and beer, but because I was doing two tours a night I was really in shape. I stopped touring and carried on my diet of pizza and beer. Suddenly I didn’t fit in anything."

Unfortunately things change and we really understand this, because in truth, who hasn't looked in the mirror and thought 'I am not good enough'? If anything, this statement makes the English singer even more relatable and charming.

Thankfully Ed eventually saw sense and realised that he looks great just the way he is. He said: “No-one’s bought my records based on me looking a certain way.”

As we said already, when you can sing the way he does, it doesn't really matter what you look like. His chart success will be more long lasting than those who are there just because of what they look like. 

Beauty fades, but talent doesn't. Keep the chin up Ed, because as long as you can perform the way you do, nobody minds if you have some pizza and the odd beer!