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  • 1 May 2014, 11:48

Sheeran Turns Down 'Creepy' Tinder Account

Dating app Tinder offered Ed Sheeran the first verified account - but the singer has rejected the offer as "creepy".

Tinder launched in 2012 and presents users with a series of images of singles which are swiped left or right depending on whether you find them attractive or not.

The singer says he was offered the first verified account on the app - similar to the blue tick given to celebrities on Twitter - but declined.

He told radio show Total Access: "I got offered the first verified Tinder account.

"I did say no. I haven't got time to go on loads of dates.

"I want to do this, be on radio, and talk about music."

He said he did not agree with relying on fame to "hook up with chicks" on the app.

"It just sounds quite creepy doing that," he said.

"You're just using your celebrity status to hook up with chicks."

Several celebrities have admitted using the app anonymously so far, including Katy Perry and Lily Allen.

When launched the app was known as a hook-up service for casual encounters, but has evolved into an online dating alternative.

Co-founder Sean Rad said more than 150 marriages have so far been created by Tinder.

The app so far carries no advertising and does not make any money.

However, it has been reported it will trial some "native advertising" later this year.

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