DAD-TO-BE Ed Sheeran could quit playing live forever after vowing to give up touring when he has children with wife Cherry Seaborn.
The singer previously told Good Morning Britain that he would want to focus on being a father and husband to his family rather than jetting around the world playing music.
This week The Sun exclusively revealed that Ed, 29, and his wife Cherry, 28, are expecting a baby this summer after they kept mum about the pregnancy during the coronavirus lockdown.
The A-list dad-to-be — the biggest musician in the world today — and Cherry are said to be “overjoyed” with the news.
And despite the joyful news, it could mean an end for his devoted fans when it comes to seeing their idol on stage.
During an interview with GMB’s Richard Arnold back in 2017, The Shape of You hitmaker said: “I don’t want to be touring when I have kids, I want to be like nipping out every now and then and being able to actually be a father so yeah, I think I would definitely love kids, I would definitely love all the kids in the world but I don’t want to have them right now.”
He went on: “This is my idea of happiness; living in the countryside, having a multitude of children always around me and my wife by my side.
“Writing songs every day and then going to pick up my kids at school … I’m ready [to be a dad], but then it’s not me who have to carry a baby in the belly for nine months, so it’s not just up to me.”
The singer, who is now worth an estimated £200 million, doubled his wealth, in part, because of his two year Divide tour.
So big was the tour it broke records held by U2 to be officially crowned the biggest, most attended and highest grossing tour of all time.
Ed and Cherry’s baby news comes after the British singer-songwriter announced a break from music last Christmas, following two-and-a-half years on the road.
Friends revealed he decided to put the time to good use and start a family — with Cherry already in the final stage of her pregnancy.
A source said they have not been seen as they have spent much of lockdown at their Suffolk home.
They went on: “Ed and Cherry are over the moon. They’re very excited, but have kept things very low key.
“Lockdown was a perfect excuse not to be seen out and about too much, but things are getting closer and the excitement has been building so they have started telling friends and family.
“They’re just making the last of the preparations at home, and the baby is expected later this summer.
“It’s a really happy time and their families are all totally delighted for them and cannot wait to meet the new arrival.”
Ed has often credited Cherry, who works for accounting giant Deloitte, with keeping him grounded.
The couple, who were high school friends and classmates, began dating in 2015 and announced their engagement in January 2018 in a loved-up Instagram snap.
Ed wrote: “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love and our cats are chuffed as well.”
The couple, regularly seen at Ipswich Town games, married in secret late that year at his estate in Framlingham, watched by a handful of their closest friends and family.