Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn made their first joint public outing in eight months on Monday as they grabbed dinner in London’s Mayfair.
The couple – who tied the knot in 2019 – have always kept their relationship low-key but Ed, 32, sparked concerns among fans when he hinted at marital issues in his last album.
Autumn Variations, which was released in September, appeared to suggest their relationship was on the rocks at one point, with one song hinting that Cherry, 31, ‘may have called time on their relationship’.
During their date night, Ed and Cherry looked in good spirits but kept their distance, with the Grammy-winning artist reserving his hugs for passersby on the street.
He later took to Instagram to share a snap from their dinner in which he threw up his middle figure to the camera while enjoying a glass of red wine.
Two’s company: Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn made their first joint public outing in eight months on Monday as they grabbed dinner in London’s Mayfair
Concerns: The couple – who tied the knot in 2019 – have always kept their relationship low-key but Ed, 32, sparked concerns among fans when he hinted at marital issues in his last album
Boozy: Ed later took to Instagram to share a snap from their dinner in which he threw up his middle figure to the camera while enjoying a glass of red wine
The image was part of a photo dump of random images, which he captioned: ‘Virgin dump, more to come.’
Ed was casually clad on the outing in a shearling-lined jacket that he layered over a red jumper and paired with black jeans.
Cherry also kept it simple in denim, pairing baggy jeans with a jacket layered over a green shirt.
It marked the first time the pair had been seen in public together since they celebrated Cherry’s birthday in April at Ed’s own restaurant Bertie Blossoms in Notting Hill.
The outing came after he hinted at marital woes in his seventh album.
Ed’s song Punchline focused on an imploding romance, with lyrics reading: ‘I can’t help but be destructive right now. It’s been weeks since I saw your outline.
‘In my room is a silence so loud. This is what losing hope might sound like.’
During the emotional chorus, it continued: ‘I can’t help it but I love you so. I can’t take this letting go. I still feel like we could work it out or something.
‘All I am is only flesh and bone. Why’s your heart so freezing cold?’
Ed and Cherry have been together since 2015 and are parents to daughters Jupiter, 17 months, and Lyra, two.
In another track, Ed detailed their ‘bumpy road’, and stressed in the song that it is ‘not the end of our lives’.
He sings: ‘This is not the end of our lives, this is just a bump in the ride. I know that it’ll be alright.’
In the song The Day I Was Born, he sings: ‘I broke apart from my lover a couple months ago, if they were here then I guess I wouldn’t be alone.’
However, the album is unclear which songs have been written from Ed’s personal experiences as he has previously spoken about the album being about both his and his friend’s lives.
Concerns: Autumn Variations, which was released in September, appeared to suggest their relationship was on the rocks at one point, with one song hinting that Cherry, 31, ‘may have called time on their relationship’
Hiya: During their date night, Ed and Cherry looked in good spirits but kept their distance, with the Grammy-winning artist reserving his hugs for passersby on the street
Snap happy: Ed was also happy to take selfies with fans who approached him on the outing
Low-key look: Ed was casually clad on the outing in a shearling-lined jacket that he layered over a red jumper and paired with black jeans
Casually clad: Cherry also kept it simple in denim, pairing baggy jeans with a jacket layered over a green shirt
Ed and Cherry first met at the age of 11 while attending 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.
While the pair parted ways after high school they reconnected in New York City in 2015 and started dating shortly after.
The key to relationship’s success seems to be their humble Suffolk roots.
Cherry 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.
Meanwhile, Ed 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.
Two years after they started dating, Ed proposed to Cherry in 2017.
He broke the happy news to his then 19 million followers on Instagram 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.’
The following year the couple tied the knot in a low-key ceremony a few days before Christmas.
A source said: It was very quiet – just Ed’s oldest school pals, limited family and the priest.
‘There were only 40 people – so no Taylor Swift, record company executives or any royals or pop star pals. He wanted no fuss and he wanted it to be something entirely for them – just a tiny winter wedding.
‘Neither of them were that fussed about making a big deal about it. Cherry just wanted to get it out of the way without any problems or intrusions.’
Happy news: Ed and Cherry announced the birth of first child, daughter Lyra Antarctica with a sweet Instagram post in 2019 as he said ‘we’re on cloud nine’
Good news: In May 2022, Ed revealed that he and Cherry had secretly welcomed another daughter , Jupiter Seaborn Sheeran
While the pair have not been photographed together since April, Cherry featured heavily in Ed’s Disney+ documentary, which premiered on May 3.
The series followed Ed after he learned of life-changing news and revealed his hardships and triumphs during the most challenging period of his life.
Blending a never-seen-before personal archive, interviews with his wife and loved ones, and intimate performances, the series widened the lens to unearth what Ed thinks of the world, of himself and his music.
Much of the programme was dedicated to his wife’s health woes as well as how she helped Ed when he was struggling with his mental health issues.
The singer, 32, suffered a traumatic 12 months last year when his best friend Jamal Edwards died and Cherry was diagnosed with a tumour while pregnant with their second child.
The couple welcomed daughter Jupiter in May 2022 after keeping the pregnancy secret but he later revealed that the couple were plagued with ‘fear, depression and anxiety’ because Cherry was diagnosed with a tumour that she couldn’t have treated until after she’d given birth.
In an Instagram post, the star explained that he struggled with his mental health last year as he tried to come to terms with his wife’s health issues as well as grieving the loss of Jamal.
Ed announced the release of his sixth studio album, Subtract, in the post, explaining it had been inspired by the personal tragedies he had faced.
He penned: ‘I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be.
‘Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art.
‘Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts.
‘Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth.
‘My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter.’
Candid: In an Instagram post last month the singer explained that he struggled with his mental health last year as he coped with his wife’s health issues and the loss of a friend
Sad news: In February 2022, Ed was devastated when his close friend Jamal Edwards tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol
He continued: ‘I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air.
‘As an artist I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life.
‘This album is purely that. It’s opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time, I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life.
‘This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.’