Ed Sheeran says he’s stopped worrying about his weight after feeling pressure to slim down early in his career.

At one point, he started a strict diet after comparing his body image unfavourably to “people like Justin Bieber or the One Direction lot”.

The star was speaking on a new podcast by fellow musician George Ezra .

“I had zero insecurities before I became a singer – and I was born with ginger hair,” the music star joked.

“I didn’t care. I’d have a beer belly, ginger hair, wouldn’t wash and wear scraggly clothes.

“But 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?'”

Sheeran confessed that in 2014, “I was doing no carbohydrates and just drinking vodka and slim tonic”.

He has since replaced crash diets with a more manageable routine – “eat what you want and exercise every day”.

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