Ed Sheeran misses his grandmother’s funeral due to rights trial
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Tragedy has befallen the British pop singer Ed Sheeran again as the “Perfect” singer failed to attend his 98-year-old grandmother’s funeral in Ireland on Wednesday due to his ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit in New York.
The father of the pop star, John Sheeran – in an interview with Daily Mail – he opened up about how upset his son was as a result of not being able to be there for his family during this difficult time. At the memorial service, he reportedly became emotional and went on to address the issue of his son’s absence in this tribute, saying,
“I am very sorry that our son Edward cannot be here today. He is so upset that he cannot be present – he must be thousands of miles away in an American court defending his integrity. I know he is happy because he was able to spend some precious time alone with his grandmother just a month ago. “
Sheeran, who has established his career as one of the biggest music artists of all time – selling more than 150 million records worldwide – has been caught up in a web of controversy after being accused that he plagiarized some musical elements from Marvin Gaye’s iconic song “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 hit track, “Thinking Out Loud.”
Reportedly, the melody and rhythmic patterns of the two songs were found to be similar. Later, the children of Ed Townsend who co-wrote the song with Gaye filed a lawsuit against Sheeran in 2017 demanding a large amount of the profits made from the track which they considered to be his property intellectual father.
As the trial continues, millions of Sheeran fans await a decision from the Manhattan jury.
Tragedy and controversies aside, Sheeran was apparently able to attend his family’s grieving affair – albeit not physically – catching the memorial service live online.