Ed Sheeran says he’s waiting to meet Bob Dylan – but won’t dare ask him for a selfie if it happens.
‘The A Team’ singer, 32, said he has met “all” his idols aside from Dylan, 82, but said his rule is never to try and force a get together with other stars.
Ed was quoted in the Daily Star saying about his heroes: “I’ve met them all, apart from Dylan… but if you meet Bob Dylan prematurely… I don’t want the picture thing.
“My rule was always I am never going to seek someone out to meet them, I’m going to wait for them to meet me.”
Among Ed’s idols the singer has befriended is Eminem – who he once compared to Dylan.
He said about the 50-year-old ‘Stan’ rapper: “I wanted him to be like, ‘I like your stuff’.
“I waited and after four years he said, ‘We should do a song’ and we became like friends.”
Ed once told WatchMojo: “You might look at (Dylan and Eminem) and say they’re two totally different acts, but all you have to do with Eminem is put a guitar behind his words and it’s a very similar thing.
“Folk music tells stories and hip hop tells stories, there’s just a beat that separates it.
“Bob Dylan (raps) his tunes. If you listen to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, that’s not a million miles away from an Eminem tune.”
Ed added one star from Dylan’s era he loved meeting was famously grouchy Van Morrison.
He said about the 78-year-old Northern Irishman: “He doorstepped me at my hotel. I’d just made ‘Thinking out Loud’ and I remember my gran came to the gig and we had a lot of whisky, as you do.
“I went to bed at 4 in the morning and I remember getting this phone call at six and the front desk saying, ‘Van Morrison is here, he wants to have breakfast with you’.’ I thought they were taking the p***.
“It was really surreal because I was still drunk but he’s really sweet.”