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Ed Sheeran Had Just Two Pairs Of Socks Before ‘Accidentally’ Finding Fame

Ed Sheeran Had Just Two Pairs Of Socks Before ‘Accidentally’ Finding Fame

We hope the 30-year-old singer's underwear drawer is more stocked up than it used to be

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Ed Sheeran might strike you as the kinda guy that looks after himself and his personal hygiene but back in the day he was dabbling with limited socks.

The 30-year-old singer - with a £220 million music empire that happened completely 'accidentally' - once lived between just two pairs of socks. Many will know the feeling.


Speaking to the Metro, he said: "Looking back at when I wrote it [his song 'The A Team'] versus where I am now - I had two pairs of socks. I literally never washed my socks and just changed socks.

"I mean, if you've met anyone that knew me back then the one thing that everyone could agree on is my feet stank."


He went on to talk about his unexpected rise to stardom, saying: "Everyone was just like, 'If you put on paper, there's a fat ginger boy that raps with a small guitar, do you want to sign him? F*** no.'"

The father - who welcomed daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran, in September - admitted that he would have never predicted that he would end up becoming one of the biggest, most successful artists in the world back when he was couch surfing.

The 'Shape Of You' singer continued: "Now I have people say to me, 'But you must have always known', and I don't think I knew."

He told Australian radio show 'Smallzy's Surgery' how his journey wasn't what he predicted, saying: "'Thinking Out Loud' is one of the biggest songs that I've put out and that was meant to be a bonus track on the album. There's so many things that have happened by accident or by chance.

"It's been a mad journey, like nothing feels planned or meant to be. It's just kind of happened and now I'm here."

Ed Sheeran performs on stage during his concert in Cologne, Germany in 2014.

Sheeran has spoken about his early days previously when he revealed that he would sleep on the Tube after a gig if he had no where else to go.

In his book, he said: "I didn't have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work. I spent a week catching up on sleep on Circle Line trains.

"I'd go out and play a gig, wait until 5am when the Underground opened, sleep on the Circle Line until 12, go to a session - and then repeat. It wasn't that bad."

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Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Ed Sheeran