Talking about his celebrity BFFs, the British singer says meeting the former Friends actresses restored his faith in the Hollywood machine and insists Cox has carried every bit of her grounded Alabama upbringing with her into her famous existence.
"She’s really normal," the 23-year-old singer told the Daily Mail of Cox. "She’s from Alabama, so it’s bred into her, but everyone she surrounds herself with is the same. Jennifer Aniston’s just as friendly. I’d only ever experienced the darker side of Hollywood and they give you faith in everything."
Before Sheeren hit the big time, he had his share of being ignored by Hollywood big shots who only bother talking to people who could be of use to them.
"Everyone in L.A. introduces themselves with their first name, last name, what they do, who they work for, how many awards they’ve won, how much they earn, but only if they know who you are," he explained. "I’ve been ignored for a whole dinner party and then someone says, 'Oh, this is Ed, he does this' and suddenly I’m being given all these cards."
Not so with Cox and Aniston. "The first time I went to Courteney’s I brought my cousin Murray, who isn’t a superstar — well, he is in my eyes, but he’s not an actor or a musician. But everyone spoke to him and thought he was cool," he said.
Fortunately Sheeran's been able to pay Cox back for her generous friendship, by introducing her to her current fiance, Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid.
"I think I did the 'Courteney meet Johnny, Johnny meet Courteney' thing," Sheeran admitted. "But Sacha Baron Cohen did the matchmaking. It’s just two people who fell in love and I hope they’re really happy."
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