When Ed Sheeran wrapped up the last date of his record-breaking Divide Tour in 2019, he thought his career might be over.
“I thought that was it,” he told GQ earlier this year. “That was the top of the mountain and, you know, I’d never do that again. I thought it would be all downhill from here. The end of that tour hit me very hard.”
He settled down to married life in Suffolk, took up painting, and became the proud father of a baby girl, Lyra, in the middle of the pandemic.
For months, the singer – one of the biggest-selling artists in the world – didn’t even pick up a guitar.
“I was like, ‘That’s it, this is me, I’m just going to be a dad, I’m not going to play music anymore,'” he told Sirius XM radio.
And then, an epiphany.
“I was suddenly like, ‘It is more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have work ethic and her parents love working hard and love creating and enjoy their jobs’,” he said. “And seeing that rather than, like, looking at your dad as technically unemployed.”