After New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said “I do” to Dana Blumberg on October 14, 2022, they celebrated their newlywed status with a magical first dance. But their moment on the dance floor was all the more special thanks to a live performance from none other than Ed Sheeran. The pop star serenaded the new Mr. and Mrs. Kraft with one of his hit songs, “Perfect.”
On SiriusXM’s The Morning Mash Up a few days later, the singer-songwriter opened up about the experience. “Well, it was mad because it was ‘Perfect,’ and ‘Perfect’s’ the one that everyone always wants for their first dance, but I’ve never done it before,” he shared. “So, I’m sort of looking at them dancing and I’m like, ‘Oh, this is the first time I’ve actually done this for a first dance. You would just assume that I’ve done it lots of times.”
Not only did the musician croon “Perfect” during the newlyweds first dance, but he also performed “Candle in the Wind” with Elton John and sang backup for an original tune Meek Mill wrote for the couple. Sheeran went on to explain why he decided to belt it out at Kraft’s surprise wedding. “I’m always either playing a gig on Saturday, or I’m with my family on a Saturday, but it was on a Friday night, and here we are,” he explained.
Another reason why the the “Shape of You” singer used his vocal cords at Kraft and Blumberg’s nuptials? The Patriots owner played a role in the onset of Sheeran’s career. “I mean, he was my first stadium that I played in the U.S. ever,” he said, referring to the Gillette Stadium that Kraft owns. He also added that the NFL legend is “super sweet.”
And though the singer doesn’t usually perform at weddings, he said that couples frequently ask him to. When host Ryan Sampson asked what people bribe him in exchange for a performance, Sheeran responded, “You name it. You know, a big fee and a plane to take you there and blah, blah, blah. It’s not what I want to do.”
Kraft and Blumberg tied the knot at the Hall des Lumières in New York City. The duo’s surprise nuptials turned out to be a star-studded affair, with celebrities such as Tom Brady, Jon Bon Jovi, and Kenny Chesney, in attendance. Elton John also officiated the ceremony.