Ed Sheeran’s rise to fame from adorable Ipswich toddler to a tattooed music icon is documented by his dad in never-before-seen photos from new exhibition
- The singer, 28, will return to his hometown next week for the final dates of his Divide tour
- Alongside childhood snaps and memorabilia, Ed’s puppet doppelganger from his 2014 music video for Sing will appear in the exhibition
- Ed has become one of the UK’s biggest music stars after first rising to prominence in 2011
- He also married long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in Suffolk in February
Ed Sheeran’s incredible rise to music success has been documented by his dad John, in a never-before-seen exhibition.
The Sing hitmakers’ journey to fame from an adorable red-haired toddler to a tattooed heartthrob is shown through the display of snaps and memorabilia set to open in his hometown of Ipswich on Tuesday.
Ed, 28, has of course become one of the UK’s biggest music stars after first rising to prominence in 2011 with his debut album Plus (+).
Incredible: Ed Sheeran’s incredible rise to music success has been documented by his dad John, in a never-before-seen exhibition
In the showcase, Ed’s incredible body of 60 tattoos takes centre stage in a still from the video for his 2017 single Shape Of You.
Alongside his beloved guitar, the Suffolk-born singer’s idyllic childhood is displayed through various photographs and sculptures, including one which shows him as an adorable red-haired toddler.
A prized addition also comes in the form of Ed’s puppet replica from the video for his 2014 track Sing.
The exhibition was put together to coincide with Ed’s return to his hometown for the final dates of his Divide tour at Chantry Park.
Cute: The display documents Ed’s life growing up in Ipswich, including some unseen images as a red-hair toddler (above)
Adorable: The exhibition features several images and drawings from Ed’s childhood, as he prepares to return home for the final dates of his Divide tour next week
Throwback: Also in the exhibition is his puppet doppelganger that appeared in the video for his 2014 track Sing
Legendary: It also features plenty of music memorabilia, as well as his beloved guitar, showing his rise to prominence after breaking into the scene in 2011
Ed rose to prominence in 2011 with his debut album Plus (+), featuring the singles Lego House and The A Team, and went onto win the BRIT Award for Best Male Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act.
The iconic star then released his follow-up Multiply (x) in 2014, with the tracks Sing, Don’t and Thinking Out Loud, along with Photograph which was released as a single in 2015.
His much-anticipated third album Divide (÷) was finally launched in 2017, after sparking fan hysteria with the singles Castle On The Hill and Shape Of You.
Ed then released No. 6 Collaborations Project earlier this year, which saw him duet with a slew of stars on new tracks, including Justin Bieber, Stormzy and DJ Khalid.
In total he has won a staggering five BRIT Awards, four Grammys and two MTV VMAs, and his latest tour was recently revealed to be the highest grossing of all time after surpassing U2’s 360 tour.
Sensational: The Ed puppet appears to a star attraction of the exhibition, as the inside look shows it being put into place
Throwback: Among the artwork is a painting to reference the cover for his 2017 Album Divide
A legend: Ed will head back to Ipswich starting on Friday (August 23) for the final dates of his worldwide tour which kicked off in 2017
Sensational: The star has won a staggering five BRIT Awards, four Grammys and two MTV VMAs, and his latest tour was recently revealed to be the highest grossing of all time
Hitched: Away from the stage Ed also tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in Suffolk late last year, but only confirm the news on his newest album in July
Riding high: The exhibition was set up by Ed’s proud father John, to show fans another look at his idyllic countryside upbringing
Soon: The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition opens in Ipswich on Tuesday 20th August
Get your ketchup! In a separate event at Christie’s Auction House in London on Thursday, auctioneer Arlene Blankers sold a specially created Ed Sheeran X Heinz bottle
Expensive condiment: One bottle sold for a staggering £1,500. It is believed to be the most expensive bottle of ketchup sold in the world
Quirky: 150 bottles have been created featuring Ed Sheeran’s tattoo sleeve, including his Heinz Tomato Ketchup label inking, and each one has been hand signed by the singer
Cool: Ed Sheeran took to Instagram earlier this month to unveil the bottle. He wrote: There’s only 150 in the world and we’re raising money for @eachhospices and @riseagainsthunger’
Away from the stage Ed also tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in Suffolk late last year, but only confirm the news on his newest album in July
In the interview Ed is asked about the lyrics on his Eminem and 50 Cent collaboration Remember the Name, which say: ‘Watch how the lyrics in the songs might get twisted / My wife wears red, but looks better without the lipstick.’
Ed explained: ‘It was actually before me and Cherry got married and I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out. [I thought] Someone’s gonna hear that and be like, “Oh, they’re married!” I didn’t know how that would be construed, but obviously it’s already come out.’
The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition opens in Ipswich on Tuesday 20th August.
His favourite sauce: Ed previously pleaded with Heinz to work with him after confessing he is a self-confessed tomato ketchup addict
It’s artwork: Ed Sheeran fans marveled at the cool bottles, which were displayed in glass cabinets
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