Ed Sheeran has reportedly quietly slipped a ring on the finger of the girl who won his heart when they were both still teenagers at school in rural Suffolk.
The ‘secret’ ceremony between the flame-haired pop star and his fiancee Cherry Seaborn might have been low-key – with just 40 guests thought to be present.
Sheeran, with hits such as Galway Girl, Shape of You and The A Team, has already amassed a fortune of around £60million – and it remains to be seen whether Seaborn will go back to her role as a risk consultant in the City with Deloitte.
So, just who is the 26-year-old that the global pop sensation has chosen to share his life with?
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Pop star Ed Sheeran, 28, and Cherry Seaborn, 26, who were once school mates back in their hometown of Framlingham, Suffolk, are said to have wed in a secret ceremony with just 40 guests after becoming engaged in December 2017
Hello Mrs Sheeran! Cherry Seaborn, pictured with the star at the Brits in 2017, grew up in a period property close to the Suffolk town with her mum Ann, dad Matthew, an architect, and younger brother Charlie – short for Charlemagne
Cherry completed her science degree at Durham University, then travelled to America to take a qualification at the Master of Management Studies programme at Duke University in North Carolina (pictured: Cherry Seaborn as a child)
While Cherry was one of those lovely, grounded girls who is friends with everyone, young Ed was a bit of an awkward teenager. He said: ‘I was quite a weird kid when I was little’ (pictured: Ed Sheeran as a child)
The key to relationship’s success seems to be their humble Suffolk roots. Both were pupils at Thomas Mills High School in rural Suffolk.
Cherry, in the year below him, stood out for her natural ability at hockey and Ed for his obvious musical talent.
She grew up in a charming period property in a village outside Framlingham with her mother Ann, father Matthew, an architect, and younger brother.
Charlie is in the same business as his brother-in-law-to-be, writing film and theatre music.
It’s thought the wedding took place in the same portion of Suffolk that they grew up in, where Ed has a property and where both families have roots.
Ed’s parents still live in the town, and Cherry’s are about ten miles away.
While Cherry exudes down-to-earth charms, offering a world away from the glitz of celebrity, there are some eccentricities in her family, such as the fact that her middle name is Paean, meaning ‘a song of praise or triumph’, while her brother Charlie is actually Charlemagne.
Down-to-earth: Ed posted an Instagram announcing the couple’s engagement back in January 2018, saying: ‘Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well’
Cherry Seaborn, in the class below Ed Sheeran at Thomas Mills High School, was an ace on the hockey field.
Indeed Ed’s song How Would You Feel (Paean), from Divide, appears to be a reference to his fiancée’s moniker.
Its romantic lyrics (‘I’ll be taking my time, spending my life / Falling deeper in love with you’) suggest he was thinking about the long term early in their relationship.
While Cherry was one of those lovely, grounded girls who is friends with everyone, young Ed was a bit of an awkward teenager.
‘I was quite a weird kid when I was little’ he said. ‘I wore big glasses, had hearing problems, had a stutter and I had ginger hair.’
He lived with mum and dad, Imogen and John, and brother Matthew, in Framlingham, but dropped out of school at 16 to seek his fortune as a singer. At the outset he busked and slept rough under an arch near Buckingham Palace.
Cherry took a more orthodox route to success. After completing her science degree at Durham University, she travelled to America to take a qualification at the Master of Management Studies programme at Duke University in North Carolina. This allowed her to pursue her passion for hockey as part of the university’s prestigious Blue Devils hockey team.
Mark Barreca, whose daughter Hannah played with her, said: ‘Cherry is a wonderful young lady, really nice and a great hockey player. Ed Sheeran is a lucky guy.’
Hockey was a big part of Cherry’s life at Duke, and she gave some insight into her personality when she spoke to the university magazine.
Ed and his fiancée are clearly besotted, although they seem like chalk and cheese. Creative Ed tends to present a rather shambolic appearance to the world, while Cherry, 25, is a well-put-together, athletic young woman with a sharp business mind
‘I’m a massive team player,’ she said. ‘I don’t really do it for myself, the thing I like the most is being a part of something that’s bigger than just you and that you can give something that makes other people happy and makes other people succeed.’
In the summer of 2015, she was still in America when Ed visited the country. Coincidentally, it was around this time he had been in the doldrums about fame and the lack of freedom that came with it.
In January last year, he broke the happy news to his then 19 million followers on Instagram that the pair were engaged with a sweet, again low-key photo of them embracing.
He wrote: ‘Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats (Dorito and Calippo) are chuffed as well.’
In 2016, the pair went off travelling for five months. They visited Japan, New Zealand and Ghana before heading to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. While there, Ed had a horrifying mishap when he put his foot in a boiling geyser, which melted the skin off his foot. ‘I had to get choppered out. I missed the Northern Lights as I was in hospital,’ he said.
When the pair returned, Cherry took up her position at Deloitte in London. Early last year she joined a hockey club in South London.
Cherry’s addition to the team has been quite exciting for anyone who likes both hockey and Ed Sheeran — he has been seen cheering on the sidelines at one or two matches.
The couple are believed to have been living together for about a year — Ed has a property in London, too. They’ve been spotted once or twice browsing around Portobello Road Market, but tend to shun celebrity parties.
The only time they could have been accused of courting attention is when they arrived at presenter Jonathan Ross’s house for a Halloween party last year in matching pink coats and hats.
Ed has said he would like to send his children to his school, Thomas Mills. He has a tattoo of its emblem above his belly button.
So who would bet against the happy couple ending up settling back in Framlingham, living quietly in the country — and, with the small exception of his vast wealth and fame, enjoying a life almost like the old days?