The MOBO-nominated singer-songwriter, who scored a top-three hit last month with 'The A Team', admitted that he is confused by the attention he gets for his hair colour on Twitter.
"People like to talk about the fact I'm ginger. I get tweets saying, 'I don't like ginger people, but I like your music," Sheeran told FHM.
"It's a hair colour, it's not like I'm diseased but I embrace it and I think it's played a part in me getting to where I am," the 20-year-old folk star added.
Sheeran last Thursday announced that he will play four dates in the UK in 2012 to promote his forthcoming debut album +.
Sheeran's new single 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' is on course for a high position in this week's UK singles chart.
Watch the video for 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' below: