Ed Sheeran Reveals He Used to Be Homeless, Slept Outside Buckingham Palace

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Ed Sheeran’s revealing a lot of information in his new book, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey.

The singer is opening up about his life before fame and telling the world what it was like to be a struggling musician. One of the biggest discoveries from Ed’s book? He was homeless for a few years. Ed reveals in the book that from about 2008-2010 he, “didn’t have anywhere to live.” So, where did he sleep? Everywhere from a friend’s house to Buckingham Palace!

In 2007, 16-year-old Ed moved to London to study music. But, grant money ran out and Ed couldn’t pay his rent. Now, in an excerpt from Ed’s book, published on the Daily Mail, Ed reveals, “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.”

The experience even inspired one of Ed’s songs. In his book Ed explained, “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.’”

Ed also revealed in the book that he didn’t have great hygiene during this period in his life. “I didn’t have the best personal hygiene at that point because I didn’t get a chance to shower,” Ed wrote. “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.”

In January 2011, Ed released an EP,  No. 5 Collaborations Project, which got the attention of many people in the music industry. He was quickly signed to a label and his debut album, +,  was released in Sept. 2011. After his debut album was released, Ed’s career took off. Now, he plays shows for the queen inside Buckingham Palace! Such a great story!

You can pick up a copy of Ed’s new book when it’s released on Nov. 18, 2014.

What do you think about Ed’s confessions? Sound off in the comments! His second album, X, is available now!

Plus, watch Ed’s new “Thinking Out Loud” music video HERE!

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