hit pop number such as “Thinking Out Loud” and “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran has not only garnered four Grammy wins, but has also established himself as a global superstar with millions of albums sold worldwide. Click through to learn a thing or two about the British sensation.
“Game of Thrones” actor Maisie Williams is a huge fan of Sheeran’s and the show’s creators had been trying to surprise her by getting Sheeran to come on the show. Williams request did not go unheeded as the show’s producers roped in Sheeran for a special cameo as a soldier. He even sings a song named “Hands of Gold” during his scene, which is actually from a George R. R. Martin book.
Sheeran has many tattoos, comprising a Matisse painting, the word “Prince” after “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” – his favorite television show, a bear and a phoenix. According to him, the tattoo that hurt the most was a teacup on his upper left arm and the phoenix on his right arm took the longest.
One of his biggest mentors includes the legendary Elton John. John has advised Sheeran on his career through the years and his company also manages the singer.
He and Taylor Swift are very good friends. He co-wrote and provided vocals for the single “Everything Has Changed” on her fourth studio album, “Red,” which went on to become a huge hit. As a tribute, he tattooed the album’s logo on his arm.
Sheeran loves cats. In 2014, he adopted a kitten and named it Graham, who had his own Twitter account, with over 67,600 followers. During his New Zealand tour in 2012, he appeared on the cover of Coup de Main magazine with a cat. Even his spirit animal is a midget cat.
The singer says that if he had to pick one song on which to perform a duet with the Queen of England, it would be “God Save the Queen” by the Sex Pistols.
(Pictured) Queen Elizabeth II is introduced to Sheeran by Kylie Minogue (R) backstage after the Diamond Jubilee, Buckingham Palace Concert on June 4, 2012 in London, England.
He has close ties with members of the boy band One Direction and has written songs for three of their albums, including “Little Things” from “Take Me Home.” Sheeran also designed a tattoo of a padlock on band member Harry Styles’ wrist.
Sheeran’s fans call themselves the Sheerios. He is known to be very caring of his fans’ wishes – he once sent a terminally-ill 14-year-old fan a video message days before she passed away.
The musician has names for his guitars, which include Nigel, Lloyd, Cyril and Felix. The costliest one he owns is worth $7,000, a 1907 Martin guitar (pictured). He can also play bass, drums, cello and piano. The first song he learned to play on the piano was “Frère Jacques.”
Just like any other music fan, he worships the legends in his field – his favorite shower-time song is Britney Spear’s “Everytime;” he is eager to go on a hip-hop tour with Rick Ross; he is a die-hard fan of Backstreet Boys, and he’s waiting for Beyoncé to cover one of his songs. As for the last wish, although he didn’t get Queen B to cover his number, she did join him for the duet “Perfect,” for his album “÷ (Divide).”
The year 2012 brought him many laurels: he got nominated for a Grammy, and his song “The
A Team” went platinum in the U.S. However, the same year he was also announced the worst-dressed man in Britain by GQ.
Sheeran is known to be an awkward dancer. According to him, his signature move is one where he stands in the corner and nods his head.
(Pictured) Kylie Minogue and Sheeran dance on the red carpet ahead of the 29th Annual ARIA Awards 2015 at The Star on Nov. 26 in Sydney, Australia.
Of all the countries he has visited so far, his favorite is Australia. Among movies, his favorite is “Goodfellas.” His most-liked feature is his hair and he prefers the smell of new stuff to all other scents.
Back during his school days, Sheeran was as a sub for his local soccer team, Framlingham Town FC. Even though he admits on Twitter that his dad converted into a fan of the English club Chelsea, his “heart will always be with Framlingham Town FC.”
At least two of his songs, “Small Bump” and “The
A Team,” are based on true stories. The former is based on his friends who lost a child, while the latter is about an addicted homeless woman whom he met at a gig at a homeless shelter. The latter was nominated for a Grammy for song of the year, but lost to Fun’s “We Are Young.”
He absolutely detests kale, is a big lover of bangers and mash and can’t survive without Oreos.
His go-to karaoke song in “Pony” by Ginuwine.
Sheeran purchased a farm near Framlingham, Suffolk, where he grew up. He says he did it because he hopes to raise a family there and wants to keep a goat.
What catches his attention in a woman? A good sense of humor and beautiful eyes. What turns him off? Arrogance. He has also gone to extremes to prove his love to a girl when he once flew halfway across the globe just to spend an afternoon with her.
He was in his bedroom when he heard himself on the radio for the first time. Amusingly, they called him Ben Sherman.
He went on a year-long break where he had plans to “get rid of my iPhone, get rid of
internet, get a Nokia 3310 and just go off into the wilderness somewhere for a bit,” he said in an MTV interview in 2016. When he returned he released his two new singles “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” on Jan. 6, 2017. Both songs were streamed over 13 million times in one day on Spotify, shattering their record for most one-day streams.
He has released three studio albums so far: “+” (plus) in 2011, “x” (
multiply) in 2014 and his most recent one, “÷” (divide) in 2017. Nine songs from “÷” made it into the Top 10 on the U.K. single charts, before topping charts in U.S., Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden. Fifteen tracks from the album are also in Australia’s Top 40, making him the first singer with that many singles in the Top 100.
Ed Sheeran has become a beekeeper.
The 29-year-old singer has reportedly installed a beehive at his 16-acre sprawling Suffolk home – which has been dubbed ‘Sheeranville’ – and is taking up beekeeping as a new hobby.
Ed is said to be keen to make his own honey with the help of his bees, as part of his continued efforts to become increasingly self-sufficient.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “Ed’s placed a wooden beehive at the edge of his estate.
“He’s already got other produce growing and some animals so he’s clearly enjoying the idea of that lifestyle.”
The ‘Castle on the Hill’ hitmaker already keeps goats and chickens on his estate, as well as an orchard for fruit trees, and greenhouses for growing his own vegetables.
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The Oscar-winning actor has long been involved in a series of environmental causes – forest preservation, clean water access and renewable energy – and has set up the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which works toward that. An active member on the boards of numerous environmental organizations, he produced a docudrama on global warming titled “The 11th Hour” (2007). During his award acceptance speech at the 2016 Oscars, he said: “Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
The actress founded Mothers & Others, an environmental group providing information about the presence of chemicals and pesticides in green produce, in 1989. While this campaign ended in 2001, she continues to spread awareness about toxins present in water and food sources, and is associated with the Healthy Child Healthy World. Her foundation, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, also funds projects on conserving rainforests, sustainable agriculture and reducing pollution.
The actor is a committed environmentalist and has been vocal about raising awareness and campaigning against ecologically disruptive projects. He is associated with the organization Natural Resources Defense Council, which successfully campaigned against the U.S. Navy’s deployment of a sonar system that allegedly kills marine mammals, and a proposed salt factory at Laguna San Ignacio, which is the breeding ground for the Pacific gray whale. Brosnan received the Environmental Leadership Award by Green Cross International in 1997, and was named a Special Patron for UNICEF Ireland in 2001. He also serves on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s board of advisers.
The “Fault in Our Stars” actress, along with her mother, founded the non-profit organization All it Takes in 2010. She was even arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. Woodley also gathers her own spring water every month and goes to a farm for her food. She makes her own medicines, lotions and even forages for wild foods.
The former U.S. vice president and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize is known worldwide for climate change activism. The documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), which followed his campaign to educate citizens about global warming and toxic waste, won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007. He helped organize the Live Earth series of concerts and is also the driving force behind The Climate Reality Project, a non-profit organization involved in education and advocacy related to climate change.
The Oscar-winning actor has been vocal about issues such as climate change and animal cruelty. During the 2020 Golden Globes, Phoenix addressed climate change in his acceptance speech. He said: “It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia, but we have to do more than that, right?… It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives and hope that we can do that. We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs for the awards sometimes or back, please.” He also starred in a short film, “Guardians of Life” (2020), that focuses on climate change.
Blanchett, along with her playwright husband Andrew Upton, advocated the installation of solar panels at the Wharf Theatre in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Greening the Wharf project in 2010. An ambassador of the Australian Conservation Foundation, she once drew negative comments for appearing in a TV ad campaign to “Say Yes” to carbon tax. She responded and said that she will “not be deterred from spreading the message about climate change.” She is also a patron of the charity SolarAid, which installs solar panels in rural areas across East and Southern Africa.
Ruffalo was hailed as “anti-fracking’s first famous face” in 2011, after he started appearing on TV shows and writing newspaper columns against fracking. He founded Water Defense, an organization dedicated to banning hydraulic fracturing in New York, U.S. He is an active promoter of The Solutions Project, which aims for 100 percent renewable energy usage in the U.S. by 2050.
The legendary actress is an active environmentalist. In 2015, she criticized the U.S. government for allowing oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and two years later protested against oil sands in Alberta, Canada. In 2019, Fonda, along with other protesters, was arrested multiple times for leading weekly demonstrations called Fire Drill Fridays to raise awareness about the global climate crisis.
The actor helped set up the Make It Right Foundation in 2007, to build environment-friendly structures using sustainable materials in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also committed over $5 million for the rehabilitation of those affected by the disaster. Pitt spearheaded the cause of eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife under the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
The band is committed to “green touring” – using bio-diesel-powered tour buses, consuming organic food, using recycled products, and donating a portion of their ticket sales to Global Cool, a climate change charity. They are in a partnership with environmental non-profit REVERB since 2008.
The supermodel raises funds through her eco-friendly flip-flop line, Ipanema Gisele Bündchen. She was appointed the U.N. Environment Goodwill Ambassador and named Global Environmental Citizen by Harvard’s Center for Health and Global Environment. She has also initiated the Clean Water Project, under which deforested areas of the Amazon basin are replanted. Bündchen also joined the Rainforest Alliance in 2014 as a board member.
Moved by the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, “The Vampire Diaries” actor founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in 2010 that is solely dedicated to educating and working on projects that positively impact the climate. They do public outreach and also fund global efforts on conservation. He was also a correspondent on the climate change series “Years of Living Dangerously” (2014) and its 2016 follow-up.
The actor is involved in a number of environmental causes and credits his passion for nature to his father, an environmental lawyer and conservationist. Norton backs the BP Solar Neighbors Program, which donates a solar energy system to a low-income family every time a celebrity purchases one. A regular contributor to various organizations and trusts, including the Grand Canyon Trust, Wilderness Society and Earthjustice, he hosted the National Geographic series “Strange Days on Planet Earth” (2005). In 2009, he ran the New York City Marathon with Maasai warriors to raise funds for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. In 2010, he was appointed the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity.
The “Sense and Sensibility” actress is also an environmental activist. In 2009, Thompson and other members of Greenpeace UK protested the building of a third runway for Heathrow Airport in London. She and her daughter attended the “Save the Arctic” expedition by Greenpeace to raise awareness against the drilling for oil. In 2019, she joined the climate change protest in London.
The actress’ make-up brand, Flower Beauty, is not only cruelty-free, it’s also an eco-friendly collection. All her products use botanical-infused ingredients and are produced in the U.S. to reduce their carbon footprint. She has also campaigned for food security with the UN World Food Programme in Kenya and Malawi.
The actor works with Living Tree Paper company that recycles materials to produce “tree-free” paper. The vegetarian and raw food enthusiast worked in the documentary “Go Further” (2003) that chronicled a group traveling in an environment-friendly bus that runs on hemp and vegetable oil.
The British singer – along with his wife Trudie and Franca Sciuto – co-founded the Rainforest Foundation Fund in the late 1980s, aimed at preserving rainforests. With branches across Central and South America and Southeast Asia, the organization promotes projects that assert indigenous people’s rights over their land and spread awareness about healthy living. In 2018, he joined the board of advisers of activist investor fund Jana Impact Capital, which works on environmental as well as social causes.
The Oscar winner’s passion for the environment began at an early age when she became a vegetarian and appeared in a video promoting recycling. A staunch opponent of animal slaughter, she even designed a vegan shoe line for Te Casan with part of the proceeds going to charity. She traveled to Rwanda to film the Animal Planet documentary “Saving a Species: Gorillas on the Brink” (2007).
The actor-director is a noted advocate of environmental issues and a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council. He regularly writes columns and blogs about big oil companies, global warming and the negative impact of fracking on the planet. From 1975-96, Redford, along with others, fought against the handover of a vast expanse of land in Utah for commercial purposes. It later became the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Time magazine named him a Hero of the Environment in 2007.
Grenier, in collaboration with tech firm Dell, launched the NYC Tech Takeback, which encourages citizens to recycle their used electronic goods through the Dell Reconnect program. In 2015, he founded the Lonely Whale Foundation, a program to educate and spread awareness about ocean health and the well-being of marine life. A U.N. Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador since 2017, he’s involved with SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom and Charity Water. The actor also developed an eco-themed app called Ecohero that aids consumers to check the environmental and health impacts of different products.
The actress launched her own company after she couldn’t find environment-friendly baby and cleaning products for her family. “I created The Honest Company because you shouldn’t have to choose between what works and what’s good for you,” said Alba. The products are completely eco-friendly and the company’s philosophy includes not “harming people or the planet.” She has also lobbied the U.S. Congress for stronger chemical protections.
Baldwin is a vocal critic of the United States’ dependence on fossil fuel. In 2012, he hosted an anti-fracking event as part of the What the Frack? movement and also joined the Artists Against Fracking initiative. An advocate of renewable energy and animal rights, he is also a generous donor to conservation organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Wildlife Preservation Coalition of Eastern Long Island and the Central Park Conservancy. In 2019, he hosted the United Nations Champions of the Earth Gala that celebrated the young champions of climate change.
A dedicated green crusader, Hannah has had quite a few run-ins with the law for her vocal stand on environmental protection. In 2006, she was arrested for staging a 23-day protest against authorities bulldozing an urban farm in Los Angeles, California, U.S.; in 2009, she was detained for holding a demonstration against mountaintop mining in West Virginia, U.S.; and in 2011 and 2013, she was taken into custody for campaigning in front of the White House against the Keystone oil pipeline. She produced the 2012 documentary “Greedy Lying B*******” to raise awareness about climate change. She lives in a house that runs on solar power and is also a member of the World Future Council, which focuses on climate security.
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The former U.S. president passed quite a few laws protecting the environment during his time in office. Afterward, the Clinton Foundation established the Clinton Climate Initiative to help communities address the adverse effects of climate change and other environmental issues. They also have programs to prevent deforestation and developing clean energy.
Melinda and Bill Gates
Co-founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the former tech chief and his wife have been working on waste treatment, water recycling, sustainable agricultural development and food security. Bill also launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition fund that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and consider investments in the alternative energy sector.
Ed is no stranger to building new projects on his estate, as the five-property landscape also features his own pub with a tunnel connecting it to his house.
And last year, it was reported the ‘Shape of You’ singer was planning to build a “contemplation and prayer” retreat on the grounds.
Documents submitted to the local council at the time explained the building would be built on the eastern side of the estate because “the rising of the sun is relevant both in the Abrahamic and oriental traditions”.
Ed – who is married to Cherry Seaborn – wanted to use the facility for social gatherings, marriages and christenings, and hoped it will provide a haven of “calm”.
A design statement submitted by architects Donald Insall Associates said: “It would address an important need for a private place of retreat for contemplation and prayer, for celebration of key life and family milestones, family and social gatherings, marriages, christenings, and so forth.
“It would also allow the applicant’s family, friends and colleagues to be able enjoy these things and join them in their observance.