Mentor and friend to Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John got candid in a recent Rolling Stone article about the advice he provides his protege, from taking time to recharge to body image. Elton had this to say:
"Yeah, he was so omnipresent I said, "Ed, even I'm sick of you. Go away." And he did. He just went to the Far East with his girlfriend, had a great time, put on a lot of weight, ate food and came back.
One thing I said to him when he went, I said, "Don't put on weight," because he's very prone to put on weight like I am. And he came back heavy, but he lost it all for the album. He just went away and had a great time.
And it was the most brilliant thing he could have done, because it refreshes your soul – not that I ever did it. I'm not one for going to the Far East and walking around with a backpack on; I just find that not my cup of tea."
Read more of Elton's insight into the supernova that is Ed Sheeran, below at RollingStone.com