Ed Sheeran credits dad John for keeping him grounded

Singer Ed Sheeran signs a guitar as he arrives for the world premiere of his concert film, Jumpers For Goalposts, at the...

Singer Ed Sheeran signs a guitar as he arrives for the world premiere of his concert film, Jumpers For Goalposts, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran has credited his father John for making sure he never gets too caught up with fame.

From 2011 - Ed Sheeran photographed in Framlingham's Station pub.
l/r Ed Sheeran, mum Imogen, brother Matthew and dad...

From 2011 - Ed Sheeran photographed in Framlingham's Station pub. l/r Ed Sheeran, mum Imogen, brother Matthew and dad John after signing a record deal with Atlantic. Credit - Alex Fairfull

Sheeran, who was in Suffolk earlier this week to receive an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk and open a suite in his name at Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham, was last night on the green carpet in London’s Leicester Square, for the world premiere of his tour documentary, Jumpers For Goalposts.

The singer-songwriter, 24, said his father helps keep him grounded.

He said: “I have my dad. My dad always tells me when I’m being a d**k.”

Justin Bieber, Maisie Williams and Olly Murs were among the celebrity guests who supported Sheeran at the film premiere, which was streamed live across the country and worldwide. The film is a documentary of Sheeran’s sold-out Wembley Stadium tour, which took place over three dates in July.


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Williams, best known for playing Arya Stark in the fantasy series Game of Thrones, said she is a long-time fan of the singer.

She said: “I met him a year ago and I’m a mad supporter. So any way I can support him I will, but he’s a megastar now so he doesn’t need me.

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“I love his music. He’s stayed true to himself and never tried to be anything he’s not. He’s very real and honest and a beautiful artist in that sense.”

Murs added: “I love Ed. He’s incredibly talented, he’s unique and he’s different. That’s what makes him incredible. He’s someone who has made a massive influence to someone like myself – and he’s humble as well.”

But it was Bieber who got fans most excited. The crowds cheered and screamed when the Never Say Never pop star pulled up in a silver people carrier and stepped out, with his hood covering his face.

After signing autographs and taking some photos with fans, Bieber met up with the Game Of Thrones star and her friend before jumping back in his car and leaving.

Sheeran said: “I didn’t think anyone was going to turn up. I’ve never had a film in a cinema. It’s quite a weird thing for a musician to be doing this in Leicester Square so it’s cool.”

The singer from Suffolk has had a hugely successful year, which includes Brit and Ivor Novello wins. His second album x (pronounced multiply) continues to remain in the top 10.

He said: “I don’t need anything else. I’m good.

“The album has sold more than people thought it would, the film’s doing better than people thought it would, I have all my family and friends with me and I’m in a good place.”

Sheeran also confirmed a role in the third Bridget Jones film alongside Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Baby, but admitted he is in the dark about his part.

He said: “Strangely enough, I was doing a fight sequence in a TV show called The Bastard Executioner. The bloke who was my stunt double told me he’s going to be my stunt double for Bridget Jones.

“I’ve got no idea what they’ve got me doing but it’s something that needs a stunt double.”

Jumpers For Goalposts will be shown in UK cinemas over the weekend.

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