AceShowbiz - Ed Sheeran and Eminem first bonded over their rare classic cassette tapes. The "Bad Habits" hitmaker and the "Lose Yourself" rapper - who have collaborated on three songs since 2017 - are regularly in contact about their tape collections.
"I collect cassettes and I've got Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder and they are quite difficult to find," Ed said on Britain's "Later... with Jools Holland". "The only person I know who collects the same is Eminem... He collects cassettes, that's his thing. He loves collecting. He is avid at going to find them."
And the two enjoy sharing stories about the tracks that inspired them to get into music. "We have started having this, it's like a very cool pen-pal thing," the Brit, who is currently battling COVID, added.
"I got a message the other day about an LL Cool J cassette. [Eminem] said, 'This is the cassette which made me want to start rapping.' I sent him Van Morrison and I will send him David Gray's 'White Ladder' next."
Friendship with Eminem aside, Ed is days away from releasing his new album "=". On Sunday, October 24, however, he announced via Instagram that he is self-isolating. "Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I've sadly tested positive for Covid, so I'm now self-isolating and following government guidelines," he wrote.
"It means that I'm now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now, so I'll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house," the 30-year-old singer went on explaining. "Apologies to anyone I've let down. Be safe everyone x."