Ed Sheeran's relationship with wife Cherry Seaborn has been a long time coming. After secretly marrying in 2018 and welcoming their first child together in 2020, their romance has been full of excitement. Ever since she's been Sheeran's musical muse, we have hit songs like "Photograph," "End Game," and more to thank because of their relationship.
From their first meeting to their growing family together, here is a complete timeline of Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn's relationship.
- They've known each other since they were 11 but parted ways after high school.
- Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn reconnected in New York City in 2015 and started dating shortly after.
- Ed proposed to Cherry over the holidays in 2017. They secretly married one year later in December 2018.
- The couple has two children together: daughters Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran and Jupiter Seaborn Sheeran, welcomed in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
2015: Started Dating After Years of Friendship
Seaborn and Sheeran attended the same high school in Suffolk (and knew each other since they were just 11 years old!). The pair were just friends, however, despite Sheeran reportedly having a crush on her (Seaborn had a boyfriend at the time).
As Sheeran went on to pursue a career in music, Seaborn studied science at Durham University and later pursued a master's in management studies at Duke University.
Despite knowing each other for years, their paths didn't cross again until 2015. The pair reconnected while Sheeran was touring in the U.S. and Seaborn was living in Manhattan.
July 4, 2015: First Date at Taylor Swift's Mansion
Seaborn and Sheeran's first date was at Taylor Swift's notorious Fourth of July party in Rhode Island in 2015. He recalled the legendary date to People, saying, "I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history."
2016: Moved Closer Together
Seaborn was working on Wall Street for accounting firm Deloitte. Yet, in 2016 Seaborn moved back to the U.K.—Deloitte let her transfer from New York to the London office—so she could be closer to Sheeran.
2016: A Break From Music
The move to London prompted Sheeran to take a break from music (much to the disdain of his fan base), giving the couple time to strengthen their relationship. "We were basically like, ‘Let’s both quit our jobs and let’s have a year of forming a tight bond and a relationship,'" Sheeran told Zane Lowe of Beat's 1 during an interview in 2017. "So we went traveling and spent every day for a year together."
2017: She's His Musical Muse
After undergoing their brief long-distance relationship, there's evidence that Sheeran's hit song "Photograph" was written about her. He also sang about their romance on Taylor Swift's "End Game," with lyrics like “Knew it when I was young / We connected when we were a little bit older” and “Something was born on the Fourth of July" that allude to the beginning of their love story.
December 2017: A Holiday Proposal
While the couple kept their proposal news under wraps for nearly a month, Sheeran popped the question during the holidays in 2017. He announced the heartwarming news the following January, writing, "Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx," on Instagram.
December 2018: A Secret Wedding
In December 2018, the couple officially became husband and wife. The winter nuptials were kept fairly low-key, with just 40 guests and media coverage under wraps.
July 2019: Going Public With Their Marriage
In 2019, Sheeran released his single “Remember the Name,” where fans couldn't help but notice he refers to Seaborn as his wife. In July, the singer publicly confirmed their union in an interview saying: “[I wrote it] before me and Cherry got married and I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out.”
September 2019: A Wedding Celebration
Nine months after saying "I do," the newlyweds hosted a traditional, carnival-inspired celebration in September. In true A-list fashion, their second Suffolk nuptials were star-studded—the guest list even included a royal or two!
December 2019: Seaborn Makes Her Music Video Debut
Sheeran releases the music video for his single "Put It All on Me." The music video depicts the love stories of several couples, including Sheeran and Seaborn themselves—who are shown dancing to the lyrics together in the kitchen.
August 2020: Welcoming Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran
At the end of August 2020, Seaborn welcomed her first child with the singer: a baby girl named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. "Last week, with the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter," wrote Sheeran on Instagram on September 1, 2020. "We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here."
October 2021: A Candid Interview
Sheeran gets candid about his marriage on an interview with ET Canada in 2021. Speaking as a new parent, he offers his best marriage advice: The importance of date nights that don't include conversations about the kids and prioritizing presence when with your partner. The singer continued to gush about his wife's "business-minded head" toward his music, explaining that she helps choose what songs ultimately make it into his albums. And she hasn't been wrong yet.
May 19, 2022: Welcoming Jupiter Seaborn Sheeran
In May 2022, Sheeran takes to Instagram to announce the birth of their second child, daughter Jupiter. "We are both so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4," he wrote.