We have spent so much of our lives alone and feeling misunderstood. You write a song about an emotion that confuses you, or about something you’re scared of or excited about, and you release it and all of a sudden you’re making a conversation with millions of people. Then the final phase is when you look out into a crowd of thousands of people and they know every word. That’s an overwhelming feeling of camaraderie - which we’ve never felt before in our lives.
— Taylor Swift about Ed Sheeran in his interview with GQ (X) - Adele may be Sheeran’s commercial touchstone, but Swift is his spiritual sibling, a kinship founded on shared experiences of past sorrows and present euphoria - before success and after.