Lewis Capaldi has written Rita Ora’s new single How To Be Lonely – The Sun

ED Sheeran has made millions from writing tunes for other artists and now Lewis Capaldi is following in his footsteps.

I can reveal the Someone You Loved singer has penned Rita Ora’s new tune How To Be Lonely.

Three years ago Ed wrote her hit Your Song. Lewis’s contribution doesn’t end there.

He sings backing vocals and also plays guitar on the track, which will be released on Friday.

A source said: “Lewis has really proven himself as a songwriter and is being encouraged to give away more songs he is unlikely to release himself, as well as writing specifically for other artists.

“It can be hugely lucrative, so launching himself as a songwriter for other acts is sure to earn him a fortune.

“Right now he is on the road a lot and starting to think about his second album. But being able to write for other people helps Lewis to take his mind off his own music.”

I’m not surprised he is giving away a song called How To Be Lonely, given I told last month how he was now dating Scottish student Catherine Halliday.

It doesn’t sound like Rita is spending much time on her own, either.

She drifted apart from her actor boyfriend Raff Law, son of Jude. But in a Sun exclusive last week, she was pictured heading into her London home with former Towie mainstay Joey Essex in the early hours of Friday morning.

They have known each other for a while, though, as my exclusive pic from the November 2018 launch party for her album Phoenix shows.

Rita said about her new song: “I loved working with Lewis on this track. It’s been a lot of fun.

“He’s a great talent and a man of the moment. I really connected with the lyrics when he sent it to me.”

As two of my favourite people in music, I think it’s a match made in heaven.

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