A 2011 video showing U.K. singer Ed Sheeran using the word "faggoty" in a freestyle rap battle has apparently been removed from the Internet, the British newspaper the Mirror reports.

According to the newspaper, the 5-minute video shows the singer in a freestyle rap battle with rapper Devlin four years ago.

"Yo I freestyle to the faggoty man. I go on the bus and I sleep for a day, then I come back and they're like, Ed, you look like this gay," Sheeran, now 24, reportedly rapped, according to the Mirror. "These guys are safe they're not gay mans."

A spokesperson for Sheeran defended the "Thinking Out Loud" singer in a statement to the Mirror.

"Ed was sending up rappers who make homophobic remarks. He is clearly not -homophobic," they said.

The pop star's label, Warner Music Group, was contacted about the clip and it was soon removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim.

Sheeran made headlines in 2013 when he slammed the anti-gay protesters of the Westboro Baptist Church who were picketing his BFF Taylor Swift's concert in Kansas.

"To the people - picketing outside the arena. Keep your homophobic views to yourself, it's 2013," he tweeted at the time.

Sheeran released his latest album, "x," in 2014, which went six-times platinum and reached the no. 1 spot on the charts in several countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, German and more. He's also seen success with his latest single "Thinking Out Loud," which peaked at no. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

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