EXCLUSIVE: Ed, who recently gave a private gig for the England squad, enjoys life as a father with wife Cherry Seaborn
Once upon a time there was a flaming haired pop star who loved to party.
But now Ed Sheeran has changed his mind and is reveling in having a job from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and being in bed at 8:30 p.m.
It comes after he and his wife Cherry Seaborn, 29, became parents to baby Lyra Antarctica last August.
Ed says, “The other night my wife was in LA and we had a Mexican take out and we were in bed at 8:30 pm. It was like the perfect evening.
“My work is now very structured. I work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I go to work at 9 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m., no matter what.
“Some producers work crazy hours and I tell them, ‘If you don’t show up at 9am or between 9am and 10am, I’m leaving.’ We work or do not work.
In his new song Bad Habits, Ed hums about “conversations with a stranger I barely know,” and adds that he’s “losing control of things,” he says.
Looks a bit like when I ran into Ed at the 2015 British after-party, although a little drunk…
These days, Ed, 30, finds that he likes nothing more than “changing diapers, cooking and cleaning”.
He says: “I wanted to be present and then after six months, I wanted to structure myself. It was really healthy.
But there’s only one track about becoming a dad on Ed’s next album, Minus.
Speaking on Zach Sang’s podcast, he says, “I didn’t want to make an album about being a dad.
“I have done so much. I got married, I lost a good friend and I got closer to my father …
“It was a roller coaster of emotions and I tried to capture it. It’s like diary passages of how I was feeling then.
“I’ve had some really dark dips and I’m listening back and I think I’m glad I’m not here anymore.
“I think for me it was growing up and thinking my youth was over.
“Divide was the biggest album and the biggest tour and I was like, ‘What if this is the top? I came to terms with that.
“I’m not going to therapy. My therapy is to write songs that I can now share with the world and with that you get healed.
I can’t wait to hear the full record.