Ed Sheeran: Why Did He Dig His Own Grave In His Backyard?
Ed Sheeran isn’t afraid to plan ahead — very far ahead. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer has been thinking about his death and has gone to extreme lengths to prepare for it. Speaking to GQ this week, the 32-year-old Grammy winner explained that he had not only dug his own grave in his backyard, but he also built a chapel behind his house with room for his family when it is time for them to be buried as well. According to Sheeran, the idea for the chapel came from the desire to place his family members who had been cremated together. Though the chapel is planned with the dead in mind, Sheeran revealed the space has been used for friends tying the knot, too.
Planning For Family In Mind
As we previously reported, Sheeran received approval in 2019 to build the chapel. He described it as “a hole that’s dug in the ground with a bit of stone over it.” Whenever the day comes that he passes away, he tells GQ, “I get to go in there.” Addressing the fact that people think it is “really weird and really morbid,” he explains that he had friends pass away without wills and left their loved ones not knowing what to do. As a father to daughters Lyra, two, and Jupiter, one, with wife Cherry Seaborn, the singer-songwriter wants to prepare for the day he passes.
Sheeran and Seaborn, 31, wed in 2019 after dating for four years. They began dating in 2015 and have known each other all their lives. They both grew up in Sheffield, England, before reuniting in New York. In Sheeran’s 2023 Disney+ documentary series, The Sum Of It All, the couple reflected on their time attending high school in Suffolk. As teenagers, Seaborn said they “flirted with the idea of flirting” at the time, but the timing wasn’t right with graduation approaching. Sheeran added, “We did have a little smooch at that time, and she basically went to university in America, and I went on tour, and we didn’t see each other for a few years.”