Becoming a father profoundly influenced Ed Sheeran, who almost quit music altogether when his daughter Lyra Antarctica was born in 2020. After the release of his first album, + (pronounced “Plus”), in 2011, Sheeran saw fame almost immediately. The album topped the UK and Australian charts and peaked at number five in the US
Since then, Sheeran has sold over 150 million records worldwide, won four Grammys and has a net worth in excess of $200 million, making him one of the most successful artists in the world. But one look at his daughter Lyra, and the star left almost everything behind.
Ed Sheeran’s family of four
Sheeran met his wife, Cherry Seaborn, long before his success made him a huge celebrity. Although they only started dating in 2015, Sheeran and Seaborn had known each other for 11 years when they went to secondary school together in Suffolk, England. The couple started dating in 2015, married in 2019 and welcomed the arrival of their first daughter Lyra in September 2020.
In a May 19 Instagram post, Sheeran announced the birth of his second daughter, making him the father of two girls. The post, which mirrors Lyra’s birth announcement, features two tiny baby socks on a knitted brown blanket. “I want to let you all know that we have welcomed another beautiful girl,” the singer wrote. “We are both so in love with her and over the moon to be a family of 4.”
Being a father nearly ended Sheeran’s career
The birth of Sheeran’s daughter Lyra had a life-changing effect on the artist. In a September 2021 interview, Sheeran told GQ, “When my daughter was born, I just said, ‘Maybe this is me now.'” Sheeran continued to talk about the life-changing elements that came with parenthood, saying, “Me I can’t really explain it, but I felt like there was so much life coming my way that I was like, ‘Well, that’s what I’m supposed to do now.'”
Overwhelmed by the joys and difficulties of being a new parent, Sheeran stopped creating. “I stopped playing guitar, stopped writing songs, and I stopped singing,” he said. The artist continued, “I actually told myself I would never sing or pick up the guitar again. I thought, ‘No. That’s it. I give up.'”
Ed Sheeran as father and artist
After about four months of stalled creativity, Sheeran visited a friend and fellow musician who was also considering retirement. “I told him I needed something as after about four months I lost all purpose,” Sheeran explained. “Although my new purpose was to be a father, I couldn’t tell you if you asked me what I did.”
After much thought, Sheeran decided to return to his craft. “I asked [myself], what is more important for my daughter and my family? Is it there 110 percent of the time… Or is it having a daughter who knows her mom and dad have a great work ethic and really love their jobs?”
Now Sheeran seems to have found a way to do all of that. Following the release of his fifth album = (pronounced “equals”) in 2021, Sheeran has embarked on his fourth world tour, the +–=÷x Tour (pronounced “The Mathematics Tour”), which will see him traveling for 12 months and playing 75 shows in over 20 countries. This time, however, Sheeran is taking his kids on tour.
TIED TOGETHER: Ed Sheeran has a tattoo inspired by the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.
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