Ed Sheeran Did Not Want to Anger Jay Z While Getting ‘Drunk in Love’ with Beyoncé

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The only thing missing was the Pope.

Do not disturb the slumbering H.O.V.A.

Ed Sheeran confessed to Z100’s Elvis Duran and the Morning Show that he was terrified of making eye contact with Beyoncé during their “Drunk in Love” duet at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival.

Prior to introducing listeners to Jamie Lawson, the first singer signed to his label (Gingerbread Man Records), Sheeran described his conversation with Queen Bey after their performance.

“I had a conversation with her after it and I was like, ‘I hope you weren’t offended!’ because she was like looking at me,” he said. “But I had my eyes closed the whole time.”

Sheeran explained that he diverted his gaze to avoid being pummelled by her husband Jay Z, who stood by off-stage.

“The song is quite open and I just don’t want to make eye contact with someone’s wife when I’m singing lyrics like that.”

Watch Sheeran perform with Beyoncé under the careful watch of Jay Z at the 4:06:00 mark of the video featured at the top of the page.