We know he can build a Lego House and it’s pretty obvious he’s a pro at playing the guitar. But did you know that Ed Sheeran was once homeless? Or that Jamie Foxx made him famous? (I know – crazy, right?)
There’s a lot more behind that red head of hair than just an incredible voice and amazing lyricist. These 27 facts about Ed Sheeran will make you love him even more. Believe it or not, he’s so much cooler than you originally thought…
1. He Has a Full(er) Name
There’s more to Ed than just “Ed”. The Shape of You singer’s full name is Edward Christopher Sheeran! It totally makes sense why he chose a shorter stage name…
2. Ed Sheeran is Irish
Although he grew up in Suffolk and his parents are London-born, Ed Sheeran actually has Irish roots. Both his paternal grandparents were from Ireland! We love him even more now!
3. Music Runs in the Family
Ed isn’t the only musically gifted one in his family! His older brother, Matthew Sheeran is a composer of classical music. That’s right, there’s another “Sheeran” out there who also makes beautiful music! Excuse us as we pray for a collaboration…
4. Ed Built Up His Talents at 4 Years Old
The No.6 Collaborations Project star sang in a local church choir from the age of four and learnt to play the guitar and piano from a young age, too. He later wrote songs while he was in high school and began recording music when he was 13. Ed was truly born to be a star!
5. He Plays a Variety of Instruments
What instruments does Ed Sheeran play? More than just the guitar! He also plays the piano, bass, drums and cello. Multi-talented is an understatement!
6. He was Making Music Long Before 2011
Before Ed Sheeran took center stage as an international superstar, he was independently releasing EPs. Ed recorded 10 EPs including The Orange Room and Want Some before releasing his debut single, The A Team. If you knew about Ed back then, consider yourself a true fan!
7. He Relied on Gigs to Make a Living
When his grant ran out after graduating from music college, Ed was forced to make a living off his gigs and live shows. He never gave up on his dreams even though some events only had as little as five people in attendance. Now, that’s what you call dedication!
8. Ed Sheeran Slept on the Streets
Shocking indeed. After struggling to pay his rent, Ed Sheeran ended up sleeping on the streets, on London Underground trains or on his friends’ sofas. In fact, he admits to sleeping outside Buckingham Palace for a couple of nights. This is where he gained inspiration for his song, Homeless. Ed never gave up on his hobbies or dreams and because of that, he’s now worth a whooping $33.5 million and he’s considered one of the most famous celebrities in the world!
9. A-Team Was Inspired by a Homeless Woman
Wondering why Ed’s songs are so meaningful? Most of them are based on real-life experiences. A-Team was actually inspired by a woman he met whilst doing a gig at a homeless shelter – “It’s her story. Well, the song itself was written all about her story, so the song is about a drug-addicted homeless woman”, Ed told Interview Magazine…
10. Ed Played Hundreds of Gigs Before Being Recognized by Jamie Foxx
You have Jamie Foxx to thank for Ed Sheeran’s music! In 2009 Ed played more than 300 live shows and gigs. It was 2010 when he was spotted at The Foxxhole by Jamie Foxx. The actor was so impressed that he offered Ed the use of his recording studio in L.A and even his bed at his Hollywood home!
11. His Guitars Have Names
Yeah, you read that right. Ed Sheeran names his guitars and we are totally okay with that. Ladies and gents I introduce to you, Lloyd, Felix, Cyril, and Nigel.
12. Ed Sheeran is an Actor too!
Not only can this redhead sing, write amazing lyrics and play the guitar, he can act, too! Ed has played Sir Cormac in The Bastard Executioner on FX and even got an acting role in Bridget Jones’s Baby! A man of many talents!
13. He’s a Serious Cat Lover!
If Ed could trade places with someone, it would apparently be a cat. Not just that. He thinks his spirit animal is a midget kitty. Ed’s got his very own furry friends, too!
14. Ed Sheeran Has Over 50 Tattoos
Ed might be the most tattooed celebrity out there with 60 to 100 tats inked on his body. They include a ketchup bottle, a cup of tea, Pingu (the penguin), Puss in Boots, the phrase ‘Festina Lente’, a family tree, and a section of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’. If you ever want to know more about Ed Sheeran, just analyze his tattoos, they each tell a story!
15. The Game of Thrones Cast Were One of the First to Hear His New Music
Random, right? Ed Sheeran is such a huge Game of Thrones fan, he lets them hear his fresh music! “I ended up going to a party where a lot of the Game Of Thrones lot were at. They all ended up back at my house. I’d never met some of them before and said ‘do you want to hear some of my songs?”, he told NME.
16. Ed Removed All Explicit Lyrics From his Album Because of a Cab Driver
Ed takes his fans’ advice on board. Before releasing his second album, x, Ed admitted to removing all the explicit lyrics after a taxi driver convinced him to.
17. He was Once Voted ‘Worst Dressed Man’
GQ magazine officially voted Ed ‘Worst Dressed Man’ of 2012. Seriously, how rude! Who cares about fashion when you’ve got a killer voice and crazy cool guitar skills, right?
18. Ed Sheeran Once Lived With a ‘Friends’ Actress
So jealous right now! Ed Sheeran is apparently friends with the real life Monica Geller! Courtney Cox actually let him live in her house in Malibu, rent-free in 2013! Now that’s what you call a good Friend!
19. He’s BFFs with Taylor Swift
Ed Sheeran is best friends with all the cool people – including Taylor Swift! Not only is he BFFs with the Shake It Off popstar, he’s even got a tattoo dedicated to her! After co-writing her song, Everything Has Changed from her Red album, Ed got a Red tattoo to mark the career opportunity. “I think Taylor’s just opening up a lot of doors and it’s up to me to make sure that I get through to them. It’s a massive opportunity for me and I want to make sure to grab it with both hands.” – he told MTV.
20. Ed’s Not Worried About Body Image
Here’s a fact about Ed Sheeran some of us can relate to – he isn’t worried about what people think of him – or his body. Who wants to look like Zayn Malik or Justin Bieber when there are greasy fries to eat, right? We’re in love with the Shape of You, Ed! Never change!
21. Ellie Goulding Cheated on Ed Sheeran
Remember when Ed and Ellie Goulding were a thing back in 2013? Well, that fling came to an end when Ellie reportedly cheated on him with his pal and One Direction star, Niall Horan. Scandalous, I know. In fact, it was this heartbreaking incident that inspired his bitter break-up track, Don’t.
22. He Gave Harry Styles a Tattoo!
He may not be a professional tattooist, but I definitely wouldn’t say no to Ed Sheeran giving me a tattoo! Not only did Ed and Harry get matching Pingu tattoos on this day, Ed took control of the machine and tattooed a padlock on Harry’s wrist! Now that’s a bromance we wish we all had!
23. He Writes Songs for Major Artists
Thought Little Things by One Direction sounded like something Ed Sheeran would sing? Did Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself sound like it belonged to the beloved redhead? Well, that’s because he wrote those songs and many more! Ed has written great songs for likes of Rita Ora, Jessie Ware and Rudimental, too!
24. Ed Sheeran Loves Nandos!
Ed is a true Brit when it comes to food! He loves Nandos so much to the point where he has a Nandos Black card. “I’ve got one, yeah. It’s sick. I got it a couple of months ago and I’ve been rinsing it. I always go for medium, though. I like to enjoy my food rather than just challenging myself. I mean I can handle it, but I can’t handle the next day, when, er, you know, it resurfaces.”, he told Front Army. What’s more? There’s an official Nandos sauce named after him, too! At least we now know what Ed Sheeran’s favorite food is…
25. He’ll Travel the World to Go on a Date
We’re pretty sure Ed Sheeran is the most romantic guy in the world. Apparently, the craziest thing he’s ever done to show a girl he loves her was fly half way across the world to spend an afternoon with her. #GOALS!
26. Ed’s Favorite Karaoke Song is…
Think Ed would sing a ballad at karaoke? WRONG! His favorite karaoke song is not what you would expect. Ed sings Pony by Ginuwine! Wonder if performs the Magic Mike dancemoves too?
27. Ed Sheeran Hit Justin Bieber in the Head
Don’t worry, they weren’t fighting. Ed admitted that he accidentally hit Justin in the head with a golf club whilst vacationing in Japan. “We were in Japan. We’d been out to a dive bar. He just drank water and I got hammered,” Ed told The Guardian.”Then we went to a golf course, and he lay on the floor and put a golf ball in his mouth and told me to hit it out of his mouth…I’d cracked Justin Bieber right in the cheek with a golf club. That was, one of those ‘What the f–k?’ moments.”
28. He has Two Music Videos in the Most-Viewed List
Indeed, Ed Sheeran is not only one of the best-selling male artists of our generation, but also one of the most-viewed on YouTube! Thinking Out Loud and Shape of You are listed as the most popular music videos ever, with over 2 billion views each!
It doesn’t get cooler than a guy with a penguin tattoo. Heck, he’s even pals with Monica from Friends! Ed Sheeran has slept on the streets and had his heart broken by Ellie Goulding, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the super-cool, talented singer that he is today. He’s unstoppable. Keep doing you, Ed!