Be a true Heart, not a follower. – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is one of the biggest pop stars from the UK. The singer/actor has a fortune with a colossal net worth of $200 million. The pop icon has a diverse income stream, collecting revenue from record sales, touring, streams, and acting. He’s a well-known celebrity around the world, with plenty of smash hits in his music catalog.
He’s written songs for top pop stars like The Weeknd and Justin Bieber. Sheeran has an impressive career, using his wealth to purchase assets. The pop star has a huge real estate portfolio, with his UK compound creating controversy in the local community.
Ed Sheeran: The Facts
|February 17, 1991
|🌎 Country of Origin:
|The United Kingdom
|💲 Source of Wealth:
Sheeran knows that all pop stars eventually see their shine fade into the background. In a 2014 interview with Parade, the artist said, “I know this isn’t going to last forever.” That doesn’t seem to have stopped his meteoric rise to fame and success over the last eight years.
The star is friends with A-listers like Taylor Swift and takes a modest approach to his lifestyle. He doesn’t wear flashy jewelry, and he’s happy wearing jeans and an Ipswich soccer team jersey.
Ed Sheeran – The Early Years
Born in Halifax, England, on February 17, 1991, Edward Christopher Sheeran is the son of John and Imogen Sheeran. The pop star grew up in Framlingham, England, and he became interested in music by singing in the local church choir.
The artist displayed an early interest in music, learning to play the guitar in primary school. Sheeran started writing songs and music while attending high school at Thomas Mills. After graduating, Sheeran was accepted to the National Youth Theatre.
Ed Sheeran – Career
Ed Sheeran started his music career in earnest in 2004. The artist independently released his first collective record, ‘Spinning Man,’ in 2004, followed by his first EP a tear later in 2005. Ed released two independent albums over the following three years, gaining a small fanbase with his performances at venues around London.
Sheeran collaborated with several artists and went on tour with ‘Just Jack.’ The artist visited America in 2010, catching the attention of Hollywood A-lister Jamie Foxx while visiting Los Angeles. Foxx took such a shine to the artist’s talent he offered to house him and provide recording time in the studio during his stay in the city.
Sheeran went on to release three more albums. He returned to London in 2011, playing a free show for more than 1,000 fans at ‘The Barfly’ in Camden Town. He released his EP, ‘No. 5 Collaborations Project,’ which was a huge hit on iTunes. His success saw him sign to Asylum/Atlantic Records.
Ed released his debut studio album, ‘+,’ in 2011 and peaked at number one in four countries, including the UK and US. His breakthrough commercial success was the hit, ‘Shape of You,’ reaching number one in ten countries.
He also had great success with the tracks’ The A-Team,’ ‘Lego House,’ ‘Sing,’ ‘I See Fire,’ ‘Don’t,’ Photograph,’ ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ ‘Galway Girl,’ ‘Perfect,’ and ‘Castle on the Hill.’ Ed’s second studio album, ‘X,’ debuted in 2014.
After the success of ‘X,’ Ed took a hiatus from music and social media, making a comeback in 2017 with the release of his third studio album, ‘Divide.’ The album debuted at number one in the US and UK, becoming the third fastest-selling album by a male artist in history in his home country. The album fell behind Oasis and Adele.
Ed released the single ‘I Don’t Care’ in 2019, collaborating with Justin Bieber on the track. The song debuted with close to 11 million daily streams worldwide on Spotify. Its performance makes the song the biggest single-day streaming event.
Ed released his next studio album, ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project,’ in 2019, debuting at number one in the UK and US. His four studio albums totaled 41 weeks at the number one spot on UK charts. The Official Charts Company named Ed’ Artist of the Decade’ in late 2019.
His track ‘Shape of You’ received the title of ‘Number One Charting Song of the Decade.’ Spotify also named the artist the ‘Second-Most-Streamed Artist of the Decade,’ with Drake claiming the top spot. Ed Sheeran has had more than 150 million record sales during his career.
Ed Sheeran – Awards
The University of Suffolk in Ipswich presented Ed Sheeran with an honorary degree in 2015. The institution presented the award for his ‘outstanding contribution to music.’ Ed was appointed as a ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’ in 2017 for his ‘services to music and charity.’
The artist has a total of four wins at the Grammy Awards, with his biggest win being ‘Song of the Year.’ Ed has five Brit Awards and six Billboard Music Awards to his name. Sheeran also has two ‘Ivor Novello Awards’ for Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and 2018.
His career involves nominations for more than 300 awards, winning 115. Sheeran also has a huge reputation in his home country, receiving a fourth place ranking as the ‘Greatest Yorkshireman Ever’ in a 2018 poll.
Ed Sheeran – Touring
Ed Sheeran built a large portion of his net worth through his touring activities. Forbes reports the artists’ Divide Tour’ holds the record for ‘The highest-grossing concert tour’ grossing $780 million between 2017 and 2019.
In a 2014 interview with the Guardian newspaper, the artist said, “I’m in the music industry to play live. That’s why I make records, that’s why I do radio interviews, that’s why I do Amazon events, that’s why I put things on Spotify. Having recorded music is fantastic, but playing live is where I buzz the most.”
According to Pollstar, in 2018, the Divide tour raked in $432,398,856 selling 4,860,482 tickets.
Ed Sheeran – Acting Career
Ed also has a successful career as an actor. The artist’s acting debut in 2014 in the Kiwi soap opera ‘Shortland Street.’ He followed up with an appearance on the Australian soap drama ‘Home and Away’ the following year.
Ed also played himself in the 2016 movie ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby.’ The following year, the pop star appeared alongside Maisie Williams in a scene on the hit show ‘Game of Thrones.’ The budding actor also appeared in adverts for Heinz Tomato Ketchup.
Ed admits he has a special penchant for the ketchup, with a tattoo of a Heinz bottle on his arm. He also claims he carries a bottle of Heinz with him on tour. In June 2019, Sheeran appeared as himself in the film ‘Yesterday.’
Ed Sheeran – Personal Life
Ed Sheeran started dating Scottish pop star Nina Nesbitt in 2011, breaking up with her in 2011. He then dated Athina Adrelos for a year, from 2014 to 2015. The artist found love in 2019, at the age of 30. He married his childhood sweetheart, Cherry Seaborn, and the couple has a son together. The couple also had a daughter, Lyra, in 2021.
While the couple only got together in 2015, they met as kids while attending Thomas Mills High School in Suffolk. However, Cherry left the UK for America to study after high school. The couple reunited at a party hosted by A-lister Taylor Swift in 2015.
Ed had the following to say about his relationship with Cherry. “I was texting her, and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party.’ I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kind of said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ and the rest is history.”
The couple spent time together in New York City, with Cherry moving to the UK in 2016 to be with Ed. The pop star proposed to his childhood sweetheart during the Christmas holidays following their travels.
Ed Sheeran – Real Estate and Assets
Ed Sheeran has a giant real estate portfolio worth millions of dollars. The artist bought his first property in 2011, renovating a house in his hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk. His next purchase was a property in Notting Hill in 2014, paying around $20 million.
The Evening Standard reports the pop star invested $85 million into properties around the globe. The pop star invested in another Framlingham property with a 16-acre estate nicknamed ‘Sheeranville’ due to its massive size.
The artist’s new home connects to his initial Framlingham property via an underground tunnel. He also purchased a bungalow close by, combining all three properties in one large estate. The main house on the estate features a recording studio, jacuzzi, and a billiards room.
The pop star even has a pub on his property. He converted a barn into a bar after receiving approval from the council to make the renovation. He built the pub using the original tiles and bricks from the original structure.
The property also features a large treehouse. The lofty property features a movie theater, lounge, and a man cave that the artist calls his ‘Hobbit Hole.’ The artist regularly has his friends around to enjoy movies and gaming sessions after a few drinks at his pub.
According to insiders, the artist spends hundreds of thousands of dollars constructing underground tunnels connecting all three properties in his estate. The development of ‘Sheeranville’ is an amazing feat of engineering, but it also garnered the artist plenty of controversy in his community.
During the construction of his estate, his neighbors complained about the noise of the construction equipment and vehicles roaming around the town. The singer applied to build a chapel on ‘Sheeranville’ in 2018. But the uproar from the public saw his plans rejected.
However, Ed doesn’t seem phased by the rejection of his construction plans. In an interview with ‘Fleur East’ on ‘The Hits Radio Breakfast Show,’ the artist stated he could understand that the pond he dug out on his property was a pond, not a pool, as suggested by his neighbors.
“It’s not a swimming pool, it’s a lake … they make it look blue online like it does not look like that at all,” he said. There’s no filter system; it’s naturally cleaned itself with the plants that are in it. There’s a big thing about like wildlife and newts.”
He stated that the construction of the pond would stimulate local environmental diversity. The council eventually granted the construction plans. During ‘The Hits Radio Breakfast Show,’ the artist said, “I just think people just need to mind their own business,” referring to the controversy around the project.
Ed Sheeran – Philanthropy
Sheeran has a philanthropic side. The pop star raised $40,000 in support of British street workers at a concert in Bristol. He also frequently donates clothing to charity thrift shops in his home county of Suffolk.
Sheeran also acts as an ambassador for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. He also joined the charity group ‘Band Aid 30’ in late 2014, recording his version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ to raise funding for the fight against the African Ebola Virus epidemic.
The artist joined 30 celebrities in 2015 to support the charity campaign, ‘No Cold Homes.’ The artist donated clothing to people in need to help them survive the winter. Sheeran also participated in the BBC’s biennial telethon Comic Relief event.
In 2017, he starred in an episode of ‘Gogglebox’ in support of the ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ fundraising campaign.
Ed Sheeran Quotes
If I ever have any back-up dancers, I want the penguins from Madagascar.
If you’re broken I will mend you and I’ll keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.
If someone tells you to change yourself, tell them to go fuck themselves.
I’ve fallen for your eyes, but they don’t know me yet
It’s too cold outside for angels to fly.
Be nice to everyone, always smile, and appreciate things because it could all be gone tomorrow.
What didn’t kill me, it didn’t make me stronger at all.
Success is the best revenge for anything.
Pain is only relevant if it still hurts.