Ed Sheeran considered quitting music after he and his wife Cherry Seaborn became parents.
Ed, 30, and Cherry, 29, welcomed their first daughter Lyra Antarctica last August, announcing that they become parents just days after rumours emerged that Cherry was pregnant.
The singer-songwriter has now returned to the top of the charts with his single Bad Habits, but for a while he thought about packing in music for good.
Speaking on SiriusXM, the star said: ‘In my year off, I was kind of searching for who I was because I stopped playing music for a bit. And music is entirely me as a person.
‘And then I had my daughter — well, my wife had our daughter, but I’m a parent. And then I was like, “That’s it, this is me, I’m just going to be a dad, I’m not going to play music anymore”.’
However, after taking a break to spend time with Lyra, Ed decided that it was ‘more important’ for their daughter to know that her parents ‘love working hard’.
The Grammy-winner said: ‘I think it’s more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have the work ethic… and love creating and enjoy their jobs and seeing that rather than like looking at your dad as technically unemployed.’
Cherry works as a technology and digital risk manager at Deloitte’s London office, following other positions at Deloitte and Touche.
She is believed to have taken an ‘unlimited sabbatical’ to start a family with her husband.
It seems Lyra may have already inherited the hustle bug from her parents, as the 11-month-old has already been in the recording booth with her dad.
Ed told KISS Breakfast: ‘She’s been in the recording booth with me, asleep on my shoulder and stuff like that. It depends – she is now of an age where she is just out and about and awake but in the first two months they sleep like 21 hours a day.’