Ed Sheeran thinks Taylor Swift is "definitely flourishing" on her time off.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

The 'Shape Of You' hitmaker gushed about his close pal and thinks she is really "enjoying" her time away from the spotlight.

He said: "I think she's just enjoying her time off, to be honest. She's definitely flourishing and enjoying her time off."

And the 26-year-old singer is exicted to collaborate with the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker again in the future but insists there's "no real rush" in making it happen.

He added: "That will definitely happen again. We've both got two totally different paths at the moment, but it's always spoken about, and eventually - there's no real rush."

Ed is a regular attendee at Taylor's infamous 4th of July parties and he enjoyed a long chat with Ryan Reynolds at the party.

He told People magazine: "I found myself chatting to Ryan Reynolds for a long time, and I did not expect to see him there. [Taylor]'s kind of a magnet for like-minded people, and they're always super-sweet. Anyone that's around her is very, very nice. It's a fun party. But it's a lot of stories. You walk in, and you're like, 'Holy f**k! I know everyone in here!' It's cool."

Meanwhile, Ed previously teased Taylor could be releasing new music around Christmas.

He shared: "Taylor [Swift] isn't going to be releasing until probably the end of this year. Christmas is the smartest time to release because that's when everyone buys records."

Ed and Taylor have been great friends for a long time now and the flame-haired pop star believes that is because they both know what it was like to be the "underdog".

He explained: "There's an underdog element to it. Taylor was never the popular kid in school. I was never the popular kid in school. Then you get to the point when you become the most popular kid in school - and we both take it a bit too far.

"She wants to be the biggest female artist in the world and I want to be the biggest male artist in the world. It also comes from always being told that you can't do something and being like, 'F you. I can.'"

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