After announcing his engagement to Cherry Seaborn this week, many Ed Sheeran fans are wondering about how the two ended up together.
Although they’ve kept their relationship largely under wraps since 2015, Sheeran and Seaborn have actually known each other for most of their lives. Their parents knew each other and they attended the same school — before Sheeran went on to become a pop star, and Seaborn went to work on wall Street.
Sheeran loves to gush about his now-fiance, so here is everything he has said about the future Mrs. Sheeran.
How Cherry balances him out: “I know the one person that’s going to remain constant is Cherry,” the “Perfect” singer told US in 2017. “I should just enjoy this [celebrity status] while it’s there, but not let it become my reality. Because that’s not the reality I want to live in. One of the main points of being in a relationship with me, you have to be really f—king sociable and good at talking to people, because I will be dragged away loads at parties and events. And Cherry’s perfect at it. She makes friends with everyone.”
When the sparks flew — literally — at Taylor Swift’s July 4 party: “Well, our anniversary is her 4th of July party,” Sheeran told People last year. “I’ve known Cherry since I was 11. She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like six shows [around New York in 2015]. It was around then, and we reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.”
On going off the grid in 2015: “This has been the first time I’ve actually had the time to fall in love properly,” Sheeran told Beats 1 last year. “So the catalyst of taking a year off was also the fact that my partner quit her job in New York—which she’s now got back in London, which is really cool — but we were just basically like, ‘Let’s quit our jobs and have a year of forming a tight bond.’ So we went traveling and spent every day for a year together. I’ve probably had three days apart from her in the last year… but we’re very, very strong. I’ve never been happier. I’ve never been more comfortable. I’ve never been more inspired. I feel like everything’s fallen into place, and it’s fallen into place because I’ve given it the time to fall into place.”
On Cherry’s friendship with Taylor Swift: “Cherry and Taylor have hung out without me quite a few times; I think they have gal chats,” Sheeran told People last year. “I don’t know what they get up to — talking about cats or whatever.”
On their feline family: “Me and Cherry literally had [our cats] from birth, and they think that we’re their mother, from our warmth and our smells,” Sheeran told People in 2017. “Cherry opened the window to let some air in, and she just jumped out,” Sheeran said of the incident. ““Cherry obviously freaked out; she’s in this closed-off garden that we can’t get into because it’s not our garden. So Cherry tied all of her scarves together onto a laundry basket and put food in it and lowered it down and picked her back up. What an idiot, though!”
Their low-key holiday plans: “We bought What Do You Meme?” Sheeran told People just before the holidays. “I’m going to play that with her family. She only lives a couple of miles away from me. So I usually have Christmas at my house and drive over to hers. We do 12 Pubs of Christmas, which is a pub crawl and you have a pint at every pub.”
How she helped him overcome addiction: “We live together now, and I think that was a real help grounding me. I was a 25 year old in the music industry on tour so I just needed someone to balance me out,” Sheeran said on The Jonathan Ross Showlast year.
How she influenced his hit song ‘Perfect’: “I like the situation I’m in at the moment, it’s pretty great,” Sheeran revealed on Radio “We got really hammered and took our shoes off and danced on his lawn and then jumped in the pool,” Sheeran revealed. “And then the next day I was like, ‘that’s a cool story,’ so I put it in a song.”
Starting a family: “I actually think the meaning of life is to start a family and pass on knowledge to them and be loved and be loving, so that is definitely on the cards,” Sheeran told People in 2017. “But not any time soon. I don’t have any time anytime soon. It’s something I really want to put a lot of time into, as well. I don’t want to be constantly on the road trying to raise a child.”
On their engagement: “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well,” Ed Sheeran said in an Instagram post.