Perfect is an old-fashioned love ballad dedicated to Ed’s current girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.
He explained his motivation for writing “Perfect” in an interview with Music Choice:
I think the song “Perfect” is actually better than “Thinking Out Loud.” I think there was always a scare that “Thinking Out Loud” would define me and define my career. So I, I wrote a lot of songs trying to beat it and now I think, I think I have beaten it.
Thematically, the song is reminiscent of “18,” a song he wrote for his friends in One Direction.
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