Ed Sheeran shuts down reports he tried to keep homeless away from his house

goss 16/04/2018

Ed Sheeran has personally responded to tabloid allegations that he wants to keep the homeless out of his London property.

On Saturday The Sun reported that the pop superstar had submitted plans for 1.5-metre railings outside his £8 million ($15.5 million) London home - with the apparent intention of keeping the homeless out.

In a building application, Sheeran's agent Paul Smith had said one of the reasons behind the railings was to prevent opportunities for rough sleeping.

However Sheeran has responded to the article on his personal Instagram, directly addressing Sun journalist Natalie Edwards.

"Your story is bollocks I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason," Mr Sheeran said. 

The story was initially posted due to the irony of the supposed plans - Sheeran has written in the past about his own experiences with homelessness.

"It's not a homeless night for me, I'm just home less than I used to be," Sheeran sings on the track 'Homeless'.  

In his 2014 book, A Visual Journey, Sheeran talked about sleeping on an arch outside Buckingham Palace that had a heating duct. He's also supported a charity for the homeless. 

A spokesperson for Sheeran commented on The Sun article by saying the singers' application for railings were not written by him, and is not reflective of his views or feelings on homelessness.