Ed Sheeran Defends Mariah Carey’s NYE Debacle: I Didn’t Find That Funny

That was no laughing matter, according to Ed.

In case you were living under a rock, Mariah Carey had a turbulent time during her New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square and everyone seemed to slam the pop titan for the set. However, Ed Sheeran is the exception to that wave of criticism.

Earlier this week, Sheeran continued his promo for his new songs and stopped by "Cubby And Carolina In The Morning" of 103.5 KTU to weigh in on MC's slaughter. "I feel like that could happen to anyone. That’s happened to me before when the in-ears just didn’t work,” he said in her defense. "She’s in the middle of Times Square with no monitors. It’s really difficult. You can’t sing in time for that. . . .I know people are watching that and poking fun at her, but that’s a really, really horrible situation to be in. You’re just there, powerless.”

“That could [happen] to me and I’d hate for people to think I’m not musical because the sound wasn’t working properly,” he added.

In fact, Mariah’s debacle once happened to Sheeran when he was performing with Taylor Swift. Always one to look for the silver lining, he said that at least he can say that the set was live and it wasn’t entirely dependent on a backing track.

Listen to Ed talk about the Mariah debacle at the 4:30 mark below!

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