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Ed Sheeran’s First Date with Girlfriend Was Taylor Swift’s July 4 Party: ‘You’re Like, “Holy F—, I Know Everyone Here!”‘

Did Ed Sheeran‘s girlfriend get longtime friend Taylor Swift‘s stamp of approval? Yes — and then some! “Well, our anniversary is her 4th of July party,” Sheeran, 26, tells PEOPLE of risk advisory consultant Cherry Seaborn, 24, whom he began dating in the summer of 2015 after Swift hosted them at her famous Independence Day fête at her Rhode Island home. “I’ve known Cherry since I was 11,” adds the “Shape of You” singer — whose third album ÷ debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — of his girlfriend. “She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like six shows [around New York in 2015].” “It was around then, and we reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.” Indeed, last summer, Sheeran and Seaborn celebrated their one-year anniversary at Swift’s 2016 soirée, as documented by Swift’s childhood pal Abigail Anderson on Instagram. Swift’s annual summer bashes have fueled headlines the past few years, with squad members from Karlie Kloss and Blake Lively to Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne descending on her estate for the holiday weekend. “It’s just a load of like-minded people that you would never expect to see in the same place, together,” Sheeran says of the parties. “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—! I know everyone in here!’ It’s cool.” In addition to providing a space for Sheeran’s relationship to blossom, Swift and Seaborn have become friends themselves, the “Castle on the Hill” singer says. “Her and Taylor have hung out without me quite a few times; I think they have gal chats,” he says. “I don’t know what they get up to, talking about cats or whatever.”

All the biggest artists I know still do it. Taylor, whenever she releases an album, all the fucking radio stations in America get a signed plaque dedicated to them, or something like that, and she will meet and greet them and remember all their names. She does it, but some artists just don’t fucking do it at all - and it still works for them, but eventually, when the day arrives that it doesn’t work, the radios will just stop playing them because there’s no loyalty or love there.
—  Ed Sheeran on why he is a big believer in doing lots of promotion surrounding releases (Clash Magazine, 17 April 2017)
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Because his Smile

Because that BOOTY

Because sweaty neck curls and OH those arms…

Cause He so PRETTY…..

Because it’s the ONLY nudie booty shot we gonna get….

Because the way that sweat soaked Black Tee CLINGS

Because pretty perfect lips.

Just Because.

Because those gorgeous copper tresses are SO PRETTY

Because Cupcake and I LUFF him.

Because this sort of hotness is not okay.

Because Hhhhhnnnggghhhhh

Because I (we’d) all like to be that guitar please.

Because holy CRAP those lips….

Because he’s beautiful.

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Imagining before Magnus and Alec met properly, Alec’s only freshly eighteen. Imagine Alec used to get sucked into going shopping with Izzy because he was ‘a good brother’ and it’s 'bonding’ and his 'death stare scares the creeps away’. But one time, Alec’s just over it. There’s only so many times Izzy can ask him which shade of red he likes best. Really they all look the same to him and he’s pretty sure she hasn’t noticed that he’s said the second one every single time she’s asked.

So while she’s in the change rooms again, for what feelings like and probably literally is, the hundredth time, Alec slips out into the street. His rune is activated, so no one can see him, and he just starts to walk. He doesn’t have a destination in mind, and he doesn’t really know why he’s still walking. He should just turn around and go back to Izzy, but instead he keeps walking, weaving in and out of the groups of mundanes, completely unnoticed.

It’s not until he finds himself standing in front of a man playing a guitar that he realises he’d been following the music all along. The man doesn’t quite fit the description of a street musician, his case is closed, not like the others Alec has seen, who all had spare change thrown in. And he doesn’t have any other equipment other than the instrument he’s playing. It’s as if this man is doing it purely for the enjoyment and Alec is entranced.

Being a Shadowhunter, as well as being who he was, meant there wasn’t much room for doing things just for the pleasure. He trained to be a better soldier, he tried to do what was expected to please his parents, even his bow, the thing he got the most enjoyment from, was something that he used with a purpose.

But this man, who Alec was starting to notice (who was he kidding, he’d noticed immediately) was quite attractive, and very well dressed, seemed to just get pleasure from putting the music out in the world. Alec cautiously moved closer to the man, close enough that he could see the paint on his nails that was obviously done with care and precision, and sat down cross legged, just listening to the softly sung words.

The man can’t see him, but for the first time, Alec wishes he could. Of course, he could easily make himself visible again, but he thinks part of the magic is that the man doesn’t know he’s being watched. Alec continues to watch, unmoving, until he feels his phone vibrate insistently. It’s Izzy, obviously, berating him for wondering off. And a quick check of the time tells him he’s been gone, that he’d been just listening to this mans voice, for nearly an hour. No wonder Izzy is worried. He doesn’t want to leave, but his sister has effectively popped the bubble that he’d made for himself and the musical man and forcefully pulled him back to the real word.

He sighs and stands, watching the man until the end of the song, and for the first time, the man meets his eyes. Or at least it seems like he’s meeting his eyes. But he couldn’t be… Could he have known Alec was there the whole time? Alec could feel himself blushing deeply, but the only acknowledgement the man gave that he could see him was a wink and a smirk, before he turned his attention back to the chords he was playing.

Alec thought about saying something, about finding out for sure if the man could actually see him or if he was just imagining things, but before he can, Izzy is there and she’s angry. She’s telling him that he can’t just leave like that and 'you have a phone. Use it so I know you’re not dying somewhere’, but Alec’s not listening, because he’s pretty sure he can hear the man laughing at him, even though he’s obviously trying to keep a straight face. It sounds as nice as when he’s singing.

Eventually Izzy’s rant gets cut off by her phone, much to Alec’s relief. It’s Jace apparently, telling them to get back to the institute and why wasn’t Alec answering his phone? Alec rolls his eyes, but follows after his sister without a word to defend himself.

As he’s walking away, he can hear the man singing again, a song Alec’s pretty sure he vaguely recognises, even though he’s not sure from where.

“And your heart’s against my chest, your lips pressed to my neck, I’m falling for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet, and with a feeling I’ll forget, I’m in love now…”

Alec casts one last look over at the man before he turns the corner and he knows a smile is threatening to cover his face but he doesn’t even try to stop it, because the man is watching him walk away as he sings and Alec just has to know. He has to know if this man can see him, if there’s a chance they could meet again someday.

So he turns back to the man and waves.

The man does a finger wiggle wave in return and Alec’s grin could split his face.

Alec continues to listen, even as he forces himself to walk away.

“This feels like falling in love, falling in love, falling in love…”