Ed Sheeran reveals his plans to quit the music business altogether
2018 has already given us its fair share of celebrity headlines, from the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's third child to the burgeoning friendship between internet favourites Millie Bobby Brown and Drake. Not done there, January also gave us the news that musician Ed Sheeran is getting engaged to his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn.
The pair were high school sweethearts, first meeting at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, England, where Ed fostered a long crush on Cherry before she left for Duke University in North Carolina. They have reportedly been dating since July 2015, which became significantly easier once she moved back to the UK in December 2016. Sheeran even wrote about Seaborn a number of times, with her supposedly being the inspiration behind hit singles 'Shape of You' and 'Perfect'.
He revealed the news of the engagement last week on Instagram, where he posted a couple photo along with the caption: "Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well".
Fans of the pop star were overwhelmed by the announcement and happy for the couple. His Instagram followers congratulated the couple, with one user writing, "Awww congrats Ed so happy for you!!!!!," while another added, "IM SCREAMING SO HAPPY FOR YOU MY GINGER BISCUIT CONGRATS".
Sheeran may have hinted at it before. When he was asked last year whether his relationship had the potential to be a "marriage thing", the musician answered: "Yeah, I feel pretty good about it." Some are even theorising that he revealed his intentions to propose before, as the lyrics to 'End Game', his collaboration with Taylor Swift, supposedly show.
Now it seems that his career might be seeing a big change too, as he explained in a recent interview. Speaking to Wire, he said that once he has children with his new fiancée his musical ambition will "go to zero", and he'll step away from the industry to focus on being a good father:
"My ambition is going to go to zero as soon as I have kids. I am going to be like, 'I do not really care anymore as I have another life to take care of.'"
"It is totally understandable because you have children and your ambition shifts to be like, 'I want to be a good father'"
This isn't the first time he's spoken about fatherhood either. Once, when speaking to Zane Lowe, he was asked if he saw himself having a child in the future and whether he has the desire to be a dad. "Massively, yeah. I wanted to be a dad, like, last year," he told the interviewer. "I'm ready, let's go - tour bus babies, little fat, chubby babies that just walk around."
While I'm sure many fans around the world will be sad to see him disappear from the scene, it looks like Ed and Cherry have a bright future ahead of them.