Ed Sheeran Opens Up About Death Threats, Being Homeless

Ed Sheeran seems like a pretty laid back and down to earth guy, but that doesn’t mean some people wouldn’t mind seeing the guy dead.

While fans enjoy Sheeran’s unique brand of folk rock, others are apparently quite anxious to send the guy to the morgue. Unfortunately, this sort of bizarre behavior seems to plague quite a few celebrities these days. Since you can’t please everyone, there’s always one or two people lurking around who are more than happy to cause trouble.

During his recent chat with The Guardian, Ed Sheeran revealed why he isn’t always keen to answer his phone. If the singer/songwriter doesn’t immediately recognize the number, there’s a strong possibility he’ll ignore it altogether. This is largely due to the amount of death threats he’s received over the years.

“I got quite a few death threats early on. That’s why. It’s not a great way to start the morning. It happened just after it blew up for me, around June 2011. Everything went mental.”

However, Sheeran admits that his interaction with the general public is frequently quite pleasant. In fact, he seems to enjoy chatting up his fans.

“I get really cool fan mail. My fans are very creative and artistic so they paint things and write books. I met one fan outside a gig I did in Nashville at 1am and she gave me a book she’d just had published and it was a New York Times bestseller, which was really, really cool.”

His experience with the mentally unstable populous isn’t the only revelation Ed Sheeran has made in recent days. According to the Daily Mail, Sheeran was also homeless for a brief period of time. In order to stay warm on the cold streets of London, the singer said he huddled around heating ducts near Buckingham Palace.

“There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there. 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.'”

“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 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.”

What do you think about Ed Sheeran receiving death threats early in his career? Are you surprised the singer was briefly homeless?

[Lead image via The Mirror]