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25 October 2012, 07:44 | Updated: 25 October 2012, 15:15
The 'Lego House' star praises the boyband's next single as he calls it a change of style for the group.
Ed Sheeran has spoken to Capital FM about One Direction's new single 'Little Things', which was written by himself.
The 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' star admitted the track contains some of his favourite ever lyrics, as he recalled how the track came back to his attention.
"The great thing about it is I wrote that song with a girl called Fiona Bevan when I was 17 and we lost the song," he admitted. "I've kept in touch with Fiona, we've done gigs and stuff and about two months ago she sent me the tune and was like 'oh, do you remember this?'.
"I was like 'Yeh, I do remember that', and I was in the studio with the One Direction boys at the time and I was playing it and they were like 'we really like that'."
He revealed the band were so keen to record the song that he didn't mind giving it to the group as it had been, in his eyes, "gone for so long".
"It was one of five songs that I gave to them which made the album. There's another one on their as well," he continued. "I think they just wanted to try something different. I think they did the same formula with the last single – it sounded like a One Direction song – and now I think they want to switch it up a bit."
Speaking about the style of the song he admitted it was "more acoustic led" and "more of a ballad" then what fans will be used to hearing from the five-piece.
"It's got one of my favourite lines that I've ever written in a song," he confessed. "Harry says, 'I know you never like the sound of your voice on tape and you never like to know how much you weigh and you still have to squeeze into your jeans but you're perfect to me'."
The boyband recently wrapped filming the music video for the track and have also debuted the artwork for the track last week.
You can watch Ed Sheeran speaking to Capital FM's James Barr about writing 'Little Things' for One Direction below:
Meanwhile, Ed is currently on his new UK tour and will call into Plymouth on 28th October before heading to the likes of Nottingham, Doncaster and Hull.
One Direction will release new album 'Take Me Home' on 12th November.