In the wake of 2011, the music industry was swept off its feet by the “sudden” emergence of a young, talented vocal artist, songwriter, and exceptional guitarist; more of a protege, many believed in the person of Ed Sheeran. His melodic voice, apt lyrics and unique touch to the guitar have won him “faithfuls” all over the globe. And there’s so much evidence to prove that. His youtube videos have been breaking the internet time and again. And in 2017, his hit song Divide grossed 1 billion views which interestingly, wouldn’t be Sheeran’s highest views yet.
His incredibly popular music video, Shape of You hit the 4-billion-view mark in early 2019, becoming the second video to cross that record in YouTube history. From the look of things, the English genius is just getting started. So far, Sheeran has sold over 45 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. More so, two of his albums are listed as the best-selling albums on the UK chart history. But just before we get too loud about his achievements and all, let’s get to know this award-winning singer up close; his wife, net worth, and more.
Who is Ed Sheeran? Age
Ed Sheeran is a British singer, guitarist, songwriter, record producer, whose career has also spread into rapping and acting. Sheeran’s unique voice has been described as incredibly melodic coupled with deep-sinking lyrics that reach for the soul of listeners.
Edward Christopher Sheeran was born on 17th February 1991 in Hebden Bridge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, London. He and his elder brother, Matthew were raised in Framlingham, Suffolk when his parents relocated there. Growing up, young Sheeran consumed songs by the likes of Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. At 4 he was already a member of his local church choir and learned to play the guitar while attending Rishworth School.
By his high school years at Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham, Sheeran had begun writing his own songs. As a teenager, he successfully auditioned for Youth Music Theatre UK and joined in the production of Frankenstein in Plymouth. Alongside his successful music career, Sheeran serves as a patron of the British Youth Music Theatre (formerly Youth Music Theatre UK) and of Access to Music, where he studied Artist Development.
His interest in music didn’t stop here as it wasn’t just a joke but rather something he was very passionate about and knew just how to go about pursuing. Ed subscribed membership to the National Youth Theatre in London as a teenager and was also a patron of the Youth Music Theatre UK and of Access to Music where he studied Artist Development.
Professional music began for Ed Sheeran in 2004 when he began recording songs and eventually released the first collection he titled Spinning Man which may not have shot Sheeran to fame, but it sure caught the attention of what would be his earliest fan base. In 2008, he relocated to London to audition for the ITV series, Britannia High. At the same period, he began playing the guitar in small venues. In 2009, Sheeran released another EP he titled You Need Me. In the same year, he did a few collaborations with the likes of Leddra Chapman and CeeLo Green.
At the height of these collaborations, Sheeran began studying music in the autumn of 2009 at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, Surrey as an undergraduate. But it’s not clear how long he was there.
Sheeran’s visibility grew when his videos began to appear on YouTube. Soon, the young chap began to draw media attention including a worthy mention from The Independent Newspaper, who praised the dexterity of his lyrics. His musical efforts reached a critical high on 8th January 2011, when he released yet another independent EP featuring the likes of Wiley, Sway and Ghetts, Devlin and Jme. This was his last as an independent artist and it was well worth it. Without promotion of any sorts, the record became number 2 on the iTunes chart and sold over 7,000 copies within the first week of its release. Later that year, he was signed to Asylum Records.
Since he gained international success in 2011, Sheeran has released several albums and continues to collaborate with other industry bigwigs. The waves don’t seem to stop; with every new release comes fresh surprises to fans and listeners. His career has also taken new dimensions over the years. Sheeran is not only known for music as it were, in 2014, fans were greeted to his appearance on a New Zealand soap opera titled Shortland Street.
Shortland Street was actually filmed while Sheeran was out in New Zealand for a performance. He also appeared in the Australian soap opera, Home and Away. However, most popular among Sheeran’s on-screen appearances is in a scene of Game of Thrones where he starred alongside Maisie Williams who plays the role of Arya Stark.
In all, his achievements haven’t gone unnoticed, not even by the Queen. On 7th December 2017, Sheeran was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honors for “services to music and charity; “an award he received from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. He was also awarded an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk for his outstanding contribution to music; on 19th October 2015.
Is he Married? – Girlfriend, Wife
Sheeran was in a relationship with Scottish singer Nina Nesbitt who had appeared in his 2012 music video, Drunk. In their time together, they wrote and sang songs about each other. Nina has been the subject of several of Sheeran’s songs including, Nina and Photograph whereas most of Nina’s album, Peroxide, is about Sheeran. The two, however, broke up faster than many though they would.
By January 2014, Sheeran struck up a relationship with Athina Andrelos. Like Nina, Sheeran made songs about her, including Thinking Out Loud. This new found love did not last either as the lovebirds broke up a year later in February 2015. In July of that same year, Sheeran found love with his childhood friend and former high school classmate, Cherry Seaborn.
Seaborn attended Durham University and is currently a professional hockey player. The lovebirds announced their engagement in January 2018, and in August of that year, Sheeran hinted fans that they got married in a private ceremony.
Although Sheeran’s parents, John and Imogen, are from London, his paternal grandparents are Irish and were predominantly Catholics. His father, John, works as a lecturer and art curator, while Imogen his mother is a jewelry designer. For 20 years (1900-2010), his parents ran an independent art consultancy firm, Sheeran Lock.
Ed Sheeran’s Net Worth
As of late 2018, Ed Sheeran’s net worth stood at $68 million. Much of that comes from his music acting and songwriting career. In 2015, Ed Sheeran purchased a home worth $11.5M. He also owns a farmhouse near Framlingham, Suffolk where he hopes to raise his family. In July 2018, Forbes named Ed Sheeran 9th on its list of “highest paid celebrities”.
Ed Sheeran is of average build, he stands 5 feet 7¾ inches (1.72 meters) tall and weighs 181 lbs (82 Kg). He measures 41-36-14 inches for his chest, waist, and arms respectively. He has blue eyes and wears red hair.