Ed Sheeran Admits He Decided To Quit Music After His Daughter Was Born

In an interview on the SiriusXM YouTube channel, the world-renowned singer Ed Sheeran confessed that he considered quitting music after the birth of his daughter Lyra.

On September 1, 2020, Sheeran announced the birth of his daughter Lyra Antarctica from his wife Cherry Seaborn on his official Instagram account. His fans were very excited for him and glad that he shared this good news with everyone. 

Sheeran released many works after Lyra’s birth, including his new hit single ‘Bad Habits’ and its music video. However, he recently confessed that he seriously considered quitting music after his daughter was born. He stated that when the ‘Divide Tour’ was finished, he had reached a point of success he hadn’t achieved before, which made him think there was no way higher.

Moreover, as he spent so much time with his newborn, he felt like being a full-time father is what he was meant to do. After giving it a lot of thought, he figured that he didn’t want to be an ‘unemployed’ father in his daughter’s eyes and decided to continue with music after all. 

Here is what he said in the interview about quitting his music career:

“Well, I have sort of finished the ‘Divide Tour,’ and Divide sold like definitely over 22 million copies, which is like more copies than I’d ever sold at an album before. The tour was heavily publicized; it was the biggest tour of all time and sold like nine million tickets. I remember standing on the Ipswich stage finishing and then getting off stage and just being like ‘I’m 28 and like I don’t know what to do now.’ I’ve kind of chased and chased and chased and chased and got to this thing.

In my year off I was kind of searching for who I was because I stopped playing music for a bit and music is entirely me as a person, and then I had my daughter – well, my wife had our daughter, but you know, I’m a parent – but then I was like right that’s it, this is me, I’m just going to be a dad I’m not going to play music anymore.”

He continued by saying:

“I found myself getting really sad and having zero purposes even though I was putting time and effort into being a dad. And then I suddenly was like, ‘I think it’s more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that their parents have a work ethic and their parents love working hard and love creating and enjoy their jobs.’ Seeing that rather than looking at your dad as technically unemployed, if that makes sense.

So I sort of slowly got back into music that way, and then the creative process started flowing again, but there was a long period of time where I just didn’t really know. Everything was directionless. Not that success should be measured in album sales or ticket sales because I do feel like most of my success in my mind has been measured by songs being good in my eyes that I’ve written, but there’s a kind of expectation from everyone around you.

I have people in my family that are like, ‘The next album has to be even bigger,’ and I know they’re saying it to be supportive, but I’m like, ‘Maybe it shouldn’t be, maybe it should just be an album.’ Maybe a career can kind of go like a wave rather than always up.

You can watch the interview below.