Taylor Swift sent the sweetest birthday message to Ed Sheeran...

Gemma Strong

Friendship goals! Taylor Swift sent a very sweet and heartfelt message to Ed Sheeran in celebration of his 25th birthday, which demonstrates just how close the two singers are. In her Instagram post, Taylor told Ed that she is constantly inspired by his drive and passion, and is excited to see him getting the recognition he deserves.

Taylor shared her birthday tribute alongside a photo of Ed accepting his Song of the Year Grammy on Monday.

Taylor Swift shared a sweet birthday message for Ed Sheeran

"Looking back on the highlights of my life, there's a moment I'll never forget from a day in London about two years ago. I was in town to play the O2 and I was out shopping on my day off," she wrote. "My friend Ed Sheeran met up with me in this little shop where I was buying ballet shoes. He walks in and says 'You have to hear this new song. I think it's the best one I've ever written.'

"And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard 'Thinking Out Loud' for the first time, as little kids were picking out tutus and leotards next to us.

"Little did we know it would go on to be first dance song at countless weddings all over the world, become Ed's biggest hit, and eventually go on to win him Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys."

Looking back on the highlights of my life, there's a moment I'll never forget from a day in London about two years ago. I was in town to play the O2 and I was out shopping on my day off. My friend Ed Sheeran met up with me in this little shop where I was buying ballet shoes. He walks in and says "you have to hear this new song. I think it's the best one I've ever written." And then, as usual, he pulls out his phone and gives me headphones. I sat there on a bench in that store and heard 'Thinking Out Loud' for the first time, as little kids were picking out tutus and leotards next to us. Little did we know it would go on to be first dance song at countless weddings all over the world, become Ed's biggest hit, and eventually go on to win him Song of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Ed and I had been on tour together all year on the Red Tour and we saw each other almost every day. I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me. It happened so often that it became normal, and I don't think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don't think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it's his 25th birthday today, so I'm saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed. And an extra congratulations to the incredible Amy Wadge on your two Grammys.

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Taylor went on to recall spending time with Ed when he was the opening act for all of her North American Red tour dates back in 2013.

"Ed and I had been on tour together all year on the Red Tour and we saw each other almost every day," she shared. "I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me. It happened so often that it became normal, and I don't think he ever knew how much it meant to me that he wanted me to hear his songs first."

To conclude her very personal birthday card, Taylor congratulated her friend on all his success.

"I don't think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art. But it's his 25th birthday today, so I'm saying it now. You deserve everything you have, and everything you will continue to achieve, Ed."