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Ed Sheeran has been teasing news of his new record label for months now, and it was finally launched yesterday.

The first artist to be signed by Gingerbread Man Records is English singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson, and it seems like Ed is definitely on to something special. Irish fans will know Jamie for his 2011 single, Wasn't Expecting That, a highly emotional song about a man looking back on many beautiful memories with his wife after she is diagnosed with cancer.

Jamie's single only ever had an Irish release, but this year it was re-launched, and has had great commercial success in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The singer has supported Ed on stage during his X World Tour, giving fans a taster of what they can expect from his album, Jamie Lawson, set to be released on October 9th.

Today Ed announced the release of the official video for Wasn't Expecting That, and it has us reaching for the tissues. Take a look:

We reckon Gingerbread Man Records (and Jamie) are going to do very well indeed.

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A few weeks ago, Ed Sheeran shared a picture of his chest with us with a huge lion tattoo on display. 

Fans were not impressed with the ink and it quickly earned him a spot on many lists of the worst celebrity tattoos. 

But was it all just a joke? Today, Ed posted a photo to Instagram saying "was only joking about the lion" accompanied by a picture of his bare lion-less chest. 

 

Was only joking about the lion

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A lot of his followers have expressed their relief at the fact that the tattoo has vanished, but others are questioning whether he just covered it up with make up as his chest looks a bit on the shiny side. 

The Thinking Out Loud singer posted a photo of his chest with the caption "halfway and ouch" just two weeks ago but it seems he was just trying to fool his fans. 

Ed is already covered in other tattoos including a Heinz Ketchup logo, a lego head, a teddy bear and a paw print.  

 

Halfway and ouch

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While touring Australia back in March, Ed Sheeran made a stop at  the Home and Away set in Sydney to film with the cast, and now his cameo scenes are set to premiere.

At the time all details of the singer's appearance on the popular Aussie drama were kept under wraps, with producers confirming only that Ed would play himself. Now we've finally been blessed with the details and it sounds like Ed's episode will make for brilliant viewing.

The Thinking Out Loud singer will apparently make a visit to Summer Bay to visit his old nanny, Marilyn Chambers, played by long-standing cast member Emily Symons.

When Marilyn tells residents that her darling 'Teddy' is coming to see her, nobody is any the wiser… until Ed himself shows up and treats the town to a surprise performance in The Diner. 

While Ed's cameo is set to air on Australian TV in the next week or two, the fact that Ireland and the UK are at least a month behind on episodes means that we may have to wait a while to watch it on this side of the world.

Taking time out from a hectic touring schedule to film on set was a no-brainer for Ed, who says he grew up with Home and Away. "It's an Australian institution. It's always on in my local chip shop," he said.

"I got asked to do it and it sounded like it could be fun. I did Shortland Street in New Zealand as well and I'm sure if Emmerdale or EastEnders ever ask me in England I would do that as well." 

Cast member Alec Snow, who plays Matt Page in the long-running soap, said the singer was extremely easy to work with and "a really down-to-earth, nice guy that genuinely wanted to be there."

First stop Summer Bay, next stop Fair City's Carrigstown? We could definitely see Ed sitting down to a pint in McCoy's…

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It was the celebrity wedding of the summer: Boyzone star Ronan Keating married TV producer Storm Uechtritz in a glittering four-day celebration in Scotland.

And now the first snaps of their Big Day have emerged – with all eyes being on the 34-year-old bride's stunning dress.

The Aussie-native wore a bespoke Chantilly lace dress embroidered with silk and organza petals. Created by designer Steven Khalil, also an Australian, rather than being stark white the gown sports a soft, warm hue. 

With the likes of Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham, as well as Dannii Minogue and Brian McFadden all in attendance, the star-factor was always going to be high.

But even Storm herself was uncharacteristically mute when none-other than Ed Sheeran came on to perform during their reception. 

In an tell-all interview with HELLO! magazine, which exclusively covered the event, Ronan reveals: "Ed's a good friend and Thinking Out Loud is one of mine and Storm's songs.

"When we all caught up in New York City a couple of months ago, I sounded him out about doing it and he didn't hesitate. I was blown away. He is the most grounded, decent guy in the business and what a talent.

"Storm was speechless when Ed appeared. That doesn't happen often!"

Still, the new Mrs Keating had a surprise of her own for the groom: a customised Land Rover Defender which she presented to him immediately after they said their vows.

Ronan describes the car as "the best present ever".

"I've had a couple of them over the years," he states, "but nothing like this one. She has customised it exactly how I would have done it myself – she knows me so well."

Meanwhile, and away from the trappings of a high-profile celebrity wedding, this was very much a family affair – much like the couple's stag and hen dos

In fact, Ronan's son Jack, 16, was best man at the open-air ceremony, while daughters Missy, 14, and nine-year-old Ali were Maid Of Honour and flower girl respectively.

Even the family's pet pug, Aussie, got in on the action: she was ring-bearer and trotted along a petal-strewn aisle with the wedding rings tied around her neck.

"It was a perfect day. We always wanted the wedding party to be just us and the kids," Ronan, 38, also tells HELLO! "It's so special for me that Storm would want the girls to be by her side.

"I'm so proud and honoured. It means the world."

Ronan goes on to tell how he believes his late bandmate, Stephen Gately, who died in 2009, had a hand in ensuring they were basked in sunshine for the entire celebration.

"I know that my Mam, Steo and Storm's granddad had a hand in making sure the weather was perfect – the one thing that was out of our hands."

You can find out more about Ronan and Storm's wedding day at hellomagazine.com and you can read the full interview with lots more pictures in this week's edition of HELLO! which is out tomorrow. It's also available to download tomorrow via iPad, Android, and Kindle fire.

 

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Ed Sheeran seems extremely down to earth so it's no surprise that he took that approach when trying to woo his new rumoured love interest Nicole Scherzinger. 

It has been reported that Ed captured her attention with low-key nights involving Pizza Express takeaways and orange squash.

Apparently the pair are spending a lot of time together since Ed invited Nicole to one of his sell-out shows in Wembley Stadium last month. 

A source told Heat magazine: "Ed's a man of simple pleasures. After the gig, he ordered Pizza Express takeaway for him and Nicole and they drank supermarket brand vodka mixed with Fruit and Barley squash. It doesn't sound like much but she loved it."

The unlikely couple are reportedly in the early stages of dating after they were friends for a long time. 

Nicole broke up with long-term boyfriend Lewis Hamilton back in February after they dated on and off for seven years. 

We think this may just be the perfect match for Nicole as she spoke before about wanting to settle down in the UK. "I do feel like an honorary Brit. I could see myself having a home here, definitely. I love the people here. I get a warm feeling from them," she said.

"Settling down is definitely in the picture for me, but everything at the right time."

According to The Sun the former X Factor judge accompanied Ed to his local pub in Framlingham, Suffolk and the pair were seen drinking G&Ts and eating pork belly. 

We're sure this would also work perfectly if we ever bumped into Ed. 

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Hanging out with his baby god son Oscar, getting a massive lion tattooed on his chest… Ed Sheeran's really been making the most of the three-week break in the middle of his X World tour.

But last night he took to the stage yet again, albeit a smaller one than Wembley or Croke Park. The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker surprised guests at Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz's wedding celebrations when he showed up to serenade the newlyweds.

Although Ronan and Storm have yet to post any pictures on social media from their big day, their pal Brian McFadden took to Twitter to reveal what had gone down. "Last night had the best jam ever. @BrianMcFadden @edsheeran @ronanofficial @officialkeith Mikey graham and @shanelynchlife madness," he wrote, before sharing this selfie of himself and Ed.

The singer joined the Boyzone gang (and Brian) on stage for the ultimate pop gathering, but according to one guest the whole thing came as a total surprise. "Ed appeared out of nowhere, everyone was so surprised. He was such a nice guy,” one attendee told Goss.ie.

Ronan also serenaded his new wife from the stage with multiple solo songs, while Irish boyband Lunar entertained guests later in the night.

While the guest list was packed with Ronan's music industry pals, it was his children that took centre stage for his big day. The singer's daughters Missy and Ali were bridesmaids for Storm, while his 17-year-old son Jack was best man.

This marriage will hopefully be second time lucky for Ronan, whose divorce from his wife of 12 years Yvonne was finally made official in March of this year. The singer proposed to Storm just weeks later.

"'We've been together a few years now and knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. I felt it was the right time," Ronan told Hello! magazine of his decision to propose.

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He's defended his look – but let's face it, Ed Sheeran's latest tattoo has certainly divided opinion.

In fact, there were numerous online commentators who initially assumed that the inking simply HAD TO be fake (a theory which was quickly rubbished by the singer himself).

Not that Ed's the only somewhat unlikely celebrity candidate to get a totally OTT etching.

From Cheryl Fernandez Versini's GIANT rose tattoo on her bum (WTF?) to Zayn's image of Perrie on his arm (opsies) famous folk LOVE to experiment with outrageous body art.

 

Cheryl Fernandez Versini: We can't even…

 

Ed Sheeran: Each to their own, we guess

 

Zayn Malik: That'll need removing, so

 

Rihanna: It's just A LOT to take in 

 

Cara Delevingne: Bacon on her foot… a lion on her finger

 

Tulisa: "Lucky you," down around her lady parts. Oh…

 

Megan Fox: "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies," – will we?

 

Sarah Harding: "Don't be bitter – glitter," says Sarah. Fair play.

 

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At age 16 Ed Sheeran decided to drop out of school so he could spend more time dedicated to his music career. We feel like we’re not the only ones who might say he made a good call.

The chart-topping singer has been the recipient of many awards over the last year alone, and now he’s going to be adding another accolade to his mantel piece.

The University Campus Suffolk are honouring the 24-year old with a degree to recognise his outstanding contribution to music.

Ed said about the award: “I'm really grateful to University Campus Suffolk and I'm honoured to receive this Honorary Degree. I've had an amazing year with my world tour and this makes it even better.”

Ed has added that he would do his best to continue to support the university as they have done in the past for him and his music, reports the Daily Mail.

“Suffolk is very much where I call home and I'm always welcomed back and get so much support. Receiving this recognition is a real privilege.”

 

Croke Park night #1 !

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The Don’t singer has mentioned that he looks forward to “building links” with the university in the future.

This news comes just days after Ed hit the headlines when he unveiled his new giant tattoo.

The pop star was inundated with questions and queries when the media just couldn’t begin to fathom what prompted his decision.

 

Halfway and ouch

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He took to twitter to set the record straight. He said he couldn’t understand “all this kerfuffle over a tattoo”.

He got the ink in order to commemorate his sell-out gigs at Wembley stadium and first revealed the body art in an Instagram post captioned “Halfway and ouch.”

We can only imagine, it is quite the piece of art.

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Ed Sheeran has long been a fan of large and colourful tattoos, but his latest one has definitely caused a few gasps of disbelief among fans.

The Thinking Out Loud singer took to Instagram yesterday to show off his new ink, which he says is only "halfway" done. What has he gone for this time? A giant lion's head… right in the centre of his chest.

 

Halfway and ouch

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This addition to his collection has us thinking Ed might be aiming for a full body tattoo sleeve somewhere down the line.

Some politically minded commenters suggested Ed's new ink could be a tribute to Cecil, the lion whose killing by dentist Walter Palmer caused global outrage, but Ed has confirmed that's not the case. Speaking to the BBC a few weeks back, the singer said he had chosen a lion's head – the England football team's logo – to commemorate his trio of sold-out gigs at Wembley Stadium.

"Originally I was going to get the floor plan tattooed on my side, but that seemed a bit ridiculous," he explained.

This won't be the first time Ed has chosen a tattoo design based on a meaningful time in his life, of course.

Other tatts in his huge collection include a teddy bear (his childhood nickname was 'Teddy'), Damien Rice’s signature (taken from 11-year-old Ed's autograph book), a snow flake (to mark his 2012 tour with Snow Patrol), the word ‘Red’ (to commemorate his time on Taylor Swift's Red tour) and jigsaw puzzle pieces (his close friends have corresponding pieces on their own arms).

We can't wait to see Ed's new inking all finished!

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Well this is some relationship news that we really were not expecting to hear.

Reportedly, Nicole Scherzinger, 37, and beloved ginger Ed Sheeran, 24, are spending an awful lot of time together, enough that there are now rumours the pair are something of an item.

According to The Sun, the two are said to be “in the early stages of dating”.

Nicole and Ed have been friends for some time now, but apparently things started to take a different turn when she split up from long-term boyfriend Lewis Hamilton in February this year.

It was Ed’s songs that helped the former X Factor judge get through her heartache, apparently. The Daily Mail reports that Nicole joined the singer backstage at one of his Wembley Stadium gigs.

 Just days later he apparently whisked her off to his home town in Suffolk where they visited his favourite local pub.

A source has told The Sun, “As far as he’s concerned they were in the early stages of dating and he’s been open about it with close friends and colleagues.”

Since his break-up from long-term girlfriend Athina Andrelos, Ed has been linked to a number of stars over the last few months.

This included Irish model Louise Johnston, but he quickly out those rumours to rest when he said that his love life had been “non-existent” since he broke up with Athina.

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Ed Sheeran sent Twitter into meltdown earlier today when he revealed he'd be dropping a new song this evening. The surprise tune, a collaboration with a mystery artist, caused crazy amounts of speculation online, and it's finally been released… along with a pretty exciting announcement.

Growing Up (Sloane's Song) was recorded with rapper Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (sorry, Taylor Swift fans) in celebration of Macklemore's new daughter Sloane.

Macklemore –  a.k.a. Ben Haggerty – and his fiancée Tricia quietly welcomed little Sloane in May, and this song seems to be the rapper's way of introducing her to the world. "Our daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty was born 2 months ago on May 29th," he wrote on Soundcloud today. 

"There is nothing like the joy and happiness that comes from bringing a baby into this universe. She has filled my heart in ways that I never knew were possible. She is the love of my life. This song is for her."

While the experience of becoming a father has been a positive one, Ben says it took him time to adjust when he first found out Tricia was expecting.

"I wish that I could say that I was in a 'better place' when I found out the news," he wrote.

"It would make for a far more polished and respectable story. But I think back to that night: praying on the floor at 2am as Tricia went to the bathroom to take the pregnancy test I’d just purchased from Walgreens. I was scared."

Growing Up (Sloane's Song) is available for free download via Soundcloud. Have a listen here – we're loving it so far.

 

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If you attended the Ed Sheeran concert in Croke Park a few weeks ago, then you may just spot yourself in the latest installment of Bridget Jones' Diary.

The singer played to a sold out Croke Park a few weeks and it seems you may just get the chance to relive those amazing moments on the big screen.

The Sun has reported that the concert will be part of the next movie in the franchise, Bridget Jones's Baby. 

The film makers filmed Renee Zellweger's body double on top of a man's shoulders while watching Ed's concert. 

With the plot for the movie still completely under wraps, the body double had to be filmed instead of the actress. "There was no risk in filming Renée at a busy gig. But they knew the cat would be out the bag the minute people saw her at the show," a source told The Sun.

“Renée's body double and the cameramen were in and out of the crowd as quickly as possible."

“These are the first moments in early filming for the new movie. None of the show’s main talent have been involved yet.”

The next film is set to see Bridget give birth, however we have no idea who the father of the baby is just yet. Colin Firth and Hugh Grant fought for the attention of the main character in the past two films but it is yet unknown who the latest love interest will be. 

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