As The Inquisitr previously reported, Ed Sheeran’s autobiography, A Visual Journey, tells about the singer’s life and his rise to fame. One of the excerpts from the book reveals that before he became famous, he spent several years without having his own place.
“I didn’t have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work,” Sheeran wrote. “I knew where I could get a bed at a certain time of night and I knew who I could call at any time to get a floor to sleep on. Being sociable helped. Drinking helped.”
One of the places in which Ed admitted to sleeping was outside of Buckingham Palace.
“There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there,” Sheeran wrote. “That’s where I wrote the song ‘Homeless’ and the lines, ‘It’s not a homeless night for me; I’m just home less than I’d like to be.'”
Many believed that this excerpt meant that Ed Sheeran was actually homeless before rising to fame. However, during an appearance on Capital FM, Sheeran clarified that that is actually not true.
“It’s [been] really taken out of context in the press,” he said. “Everyone’s saying, ‘Ed Sheeran was homeless.’ I never say that in the book.”
Sheeran then explained what he really meant in his original statement.
“I went without a bed for some nights — that’s it,” he said. “It was just that I didn’t have a place to stay that night, so I slept on the Central Line and outside of Buckingham Palace, and that was just what I did.”
During the documentary, Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran, the singer told MTV that he would usually stay at a friend’s place since he didn’t have his own.
“I met a lot of people [and] had a lot of experiences that an 18-year-old probably shouldn’t have, and when I didn’t have a place I would stand onstage and be like, ‘If anyone has got a couch tonight,’ and it would usually work,” Sheeran explained.
But there were some times during his rise to fame that Ed Sheeran thought his musical career would go nowhere.
“There were moments I wanted to give up,” he admitted. “The nights that you don’t have a couch to sleep on or you don’t have money in your pocket, or food in your stomach or a charged phone, those become the nights were you reassess your situation.”
Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey releases to bookstores in the U.S. on November 18.
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