Award winning singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have declared that they intend to embark on a weight loss challenge between the pair with the goal of losing a stone.
The singers, who were both honoured with Brit Awards earlier this year, have said that they have placed a bet with each other to see who can lose a stone the quickest.
The bet between Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith came after the two discussed how best they can keep fit while on tour with the showbiz friends then pledging to see who can make it and lose 14 pounds in the quickest time while on tour.
According to a report by The Mirror, the bet all came about after the two singers were discussing how they are aiming to keep up fitness regimes while they are on tour with both having different opinions on how they think it is best to tackle the problem.
Sources told The Mirror that Sam Smith, who stands at, 6ft 2in and is known for his huge pop hit Stay With Me, has long struggled with his weight with the 22 year old claiming that it has been a problem he has been dealing with since he was a child.
Smith said that he has looked at many different ways to battle the bulge in the past and is currently trying to use the help of both a hypnotist and top Harley Street nutritionist to help him to lose weight.
On the other side we have 24 year old Ed Sheeran, who says he is being encouraged to lose weight by his lingerie model girlfriend Athina Andrelos.
According to a source who spoke to the Sunday People: “Neither of them are badly out of shape but the demands of being in the music business are very intense.
“They thought it could be fun to try and improve their fitness and decided to make a bit of a contest out of it – so the race is on to drop a stone.
“They are good friends and want to help each other whenever they can.”
The source continued: “Sam has always been more image conscious and has always been quite self-aware, so he has found it easier to get motivated and is very focused.”
While Ed Sheeran appears to have been slow off the mark on his weight loss mission, Sam Smith has already made some dramatic changes and is reported to now be sticking to an 800 calorie a day limit on set days.
The source added that it nobody is sure who will win the bet in the end: “Their mates reckon that Ed will have more staying power, as Sam has struggled to stick with diets in the past. Watch this space.”
We will have to see who wins this battle of the bulge from two of the most successful music stars around at the moment.