Rod Stewart slams Ed Sheeran in bold interview

Sir Rod Stewart has risked the wrath of millions of Ed Sheeran fans with a blunt new interview.

The 79-year-old rocker admits he’s not a fan of the artist, can’t name any of his songs, and doesn’t believe Sheeran’s music will stand the test of time.

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The bold admissions came as part of a no-holds-barred chat with The Times.

Stewart, whose classic hits include Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Maggie May and The First Cut is the Deepest, was asked if he thought any of today’s artists were making music to stand the test of time.

“I’m sure they are,” Stewart said.

“You mean like Maggie May?

“Songs that will be played in 50 years?

“I like whatshisname … Oh f***ing great, Rod. Well done,” he said, forgetting the artist’s name that he had in mind.

“He’s British, really talented and his songs will be around.”

Rod Stewart, left, is not a fan of Ed Sheeran, right. Credit: Getty

When his interviewer asked if he meant Ed Sheeran, the answer was a definite no.

“No, not Ed, I don’t know any of his songs, old ginger bollocks,” was Stewart’s reply.

Stewart then began singing the lyrics to George Ezra’s 2018 song Shotgun.

“Yes, I think he writes really tremendous songs,” he said of Ezra.

“He’ll be around for quite a while.”

Rod Stewart is a fan of George Ezra, pictured here performing live in Wales, July 2023. Credit: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns

Stewart rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead singer for The Faces, before embarking on an immensely successful solo career as a rock belter.

He was knighted in October 2016 for his services to music, officially becoming Sir Roderick Stewart and reinventing himself as a crooner of popular standards.

In the same interview with The Times, Stewart said that early in his career, he and his fellow musicians were not in it for the fame or money.

“The people I came up with — the Stones, Elton (John) — we all came into it because we loved the music,” he said.

“Money and fame didn’t factor — it was a burning ambition to sing.

“Now it’s more, ‘Ooh, let’s have a go at music. I don’t even have to play well. Maybe I’ll get rich.’

Rod Stewart in 1983. Credit: Chris Walter/WireImage

“Fame comes before everything.

“All kids want is fame.”

Ed Sheeran is yet to respond publicly to Stewart’s comments.

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