Ed Sheeran Used to Sleep Outside Buckingham Palace as a Homeless Teenager
British pop star Ed Sheeran slept on the street outside Buckingham Palace in London as a homeless teenager. The Kiss Me hitmaker spent two years drifting as he struggled to forge a career in the music industry, and he has now revealed he slept rough outside the iconic royal residence.
In his new book A Visual Journey, Sheeran explains, "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."
Sheeran also slept on trains on the London Underground because it was warmer than the streets, adding "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. It's not like I was sleeping rough on the cold streets... I didn't have the best personal hygiene at that point because I didn't get a chance to shower. It was just: sleep on the train, session, sweat on stage, drink, sleep on the train. I had 23 dreads on one side of my head from not washing my hair. My girlfriend counted them when she took them out with a comb."
The singer returned to Buckingham Palace to perform at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012 - what a turnaround right?