Ed Sheeran considered quitting music

Ed Sheeran considered quitting music in 2010 when, despite having sold out a London venue, he was still poor and without a home.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran considered quitting music.

The 23-year-old star deliberated his future as a singer after a show in London four years ago, admitting he almost gave up his career because he was sick of having no money or a home.

He recalled: "There came a point when I wanted to quit. When I thought, 'This is horrible. This isn't going to work.'

"It was December 2010 and I'd sold out Cargo in Shoreditch, the biggest show I'd ever played. There were 500 people there ... even my dad turned up."

Despite the success of his show, the 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker revealed he felt like he may never make it as a successful musician, despite having since become the biggest selling artist in the UK in 2014.

He added: "After the show, I was drinking with my dad and loads of other people. One by one, they started leaving. My dad said, 'Do you mind if I get off?' Then it was just me and the bar staff.

"I was really drunk, but very aware that I had no money on me at all. I'd spent all the cash I had buying people drinks.

"'This isn't great,' I thought."

Since the low-point, Ed has released two albums, '+' and 'x', but said he was feeling unsure of his future a few months before the release of his debut single 'The A Team' - which was released in June 2011 - because his hard work had not yet paid off.

In extracts of his new book 'Ed Sheeran: A visual journey', published in the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: "I'd worked really f***ing hard and gigged my ass off for three years. I'd released four EPs. I'd just played a sold-out. But I'd come out of it with no money, no place to live, a dead phone and nowhere to go.

"I ended up waking to a friend's house and burst into tears. 'Dude, I can't do this any more,' I said. I was in a proper state."

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