Ed Sheeran and his young family were reportedly nearly caught up in the NSW emergency this week, shortly before his poignant performance at Michael Gudinski’s state monument.
According to The Sydney Morning HeraldPrivate Sydney, British singer and songwriter, 30, wife Cherry Seaborn, 28, and their seven-month-old daughter Lyra Antarctica were in the Hawkesbury region of Sydney for two weeks of mandatory quarantine when disaster struck.
The publications report that the Sheerans “narrowly escaped the rising waters” in the area.
Lucky: Ed Sheeran and his family ‘narrowly escaped’ the NSW floods this week after being quarantined on a luxury estate in the Hawkesbury region. Shown with wife Cherry Seaborn
The publication reported that the family left the property – which even had its own lake – on Tuesday on the ‘last road’ outside the city that was not closed due to floodwaters.
It was also where the A-Team hitmaker wrote the song Visiting Hours – a detail he later revealed before performing at Michael Gudinski’s memorial service.
They reportedly reached Sydney airport and were then spotted on a private jet to Melbourne, just in time for Michael’s state memorial on Wednesday.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted representatives for Ed Sheeran for comment.
Performance: The British singer was in Australia on Wednesday to perform at the state memorial of his dear friend and music magnate Michael Gudinski at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.
Quarantined: Ed, his wife Cherry and their seven-month-old daughter Lyra Antartica underwent their mandatory 14-day quarantine at a luxury estate after arriving in Down Under earlier this month
This week Ed gave an emotional performance at Michael Gudinski’s state monument in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
He sang his hit single Castle on the Hill – one of the late music mogul’s favorites – and later broke down when he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra.
Ed was visibly emotional and had to stop singing at some point before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone.
On their way to Melbourne: They reportedly reached Sydney airport and were then seen arriving to Melbourne by private jet, just in time for Michael’s state memorial on Wednesday
Tribute: At the memorial, Ed gave an emotional tribute to the late Michael Gudinski at his state monument in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena
He said to the audience beforehand: ‘I never get that nervous, I’m really damn nervous. So apologies if I screw up the text or something. ‘
Ed explained that he had written the song during his mandatory quarantine.
He said, ‘I know it’s hard to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here and I really appreciated the opportunity to come here.
Emotional: He sang Castle on the Hill – one of the late music mogul’s favorites – and later broke down in tears when he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra that he wrote while in mandatory quarantine
‘In lockdown I could have a guitar for quarantine. I always think the best way to process things is to write songs, be it good news, bad news and here’s a song I finished last week. ‘
Visiting Hours is about Ed’s late grandfather Bill, who died in 2013, and how he would like to ask him for advice on raising his own child, who was born in August.
He also shared the stage with Kylie Minogue – whose music career was launched by Michael – to duet her songs All The Lovers and The Loco-motion.
Making Michael proud: He also shared the stage with Kylie Minogue (left) – whose music career was launched by Michael – to duet her songs All The Lovers and The Loco-motion
Permanent reminder: The day after the memorial, Ed and Michael’s son Matt (center) – who has followed in his father’s footsteps and is now the Executive Director of Mushroom Group – got matching tattoos in honor of the late Australian music icon
The day after the memorial, Ed and Michael’s son Matt – who has followed in his father’s footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group – got matching tattoos in honor of the late Australian music icon.
They were both given a simple hand design that marked the ‘No. 1 ‘mark, which was one of Gudinski’s signature poses in photos.
Matt has his tattoo on his upper arm, while Ed’s is on his forearm.
Ed affectionately described Michael as a ‘father figure’ who hosted his record-breaking stadium tour of Australia in 2018.
Close Friends: Ed affectionately described Michael as a ‘father figure’ who hosted his record-breaking stadium tour of Australia in 2018