British singer Ed Sheeran has defended his friend and tour partner Taylor Swift against persistent rumours surrounding her colourful love life, insisting the reports are often sensationalised.

The A Team hitmaker is currently touring the world with the country-turned-pop star and hates it when his pal is judged for her taste in men - as he is adamant the public's impression of her as a serial dater is wrong.

He tells America's Ok! Magazine, "The rumour that she dates a lot of people is a misconception, because in the time that I've known her, which has been almost two years now, she has dated two people. Fact. And in her entire life, I think she's dated around five or six people.

"I don't like when people take shots at her because I do know her personally, and I think people get the wrong end of the stick. She's so successful, and she's so nice and sweet to everyone that she meets, there is nothing bad to say but she was being pictured with a lot of dudes."