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Ed Sheeran and family ‘made a narrow escape’ from the NSW floods

Ed Sheeran and his young family were reportedly close to being caught up in the flood emergency in NSW this week, shortly before his moving performance at Michael Gudinski’s state memorial.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Private Sydney, the British singer and songwriter, 30, wife Cherry Seaborn, 28, and their seven-month-old daughter Lyra Antarctica were staying in the Hawkesbury region of Sydney for two weeks of mandatory quarantine, when disaster struck. 

The publications reports that the Sheerans ‘made a narrow escape from rising floodwaters’ in the area.   

Lucky: Ed Sheeran and his family ‘made a narrow escape’ from the NSW floods this week, after quarantining at a luxury Hawkesbury-region estate. Pictured with wife Cherry Seaborn

The publication reported that on Tuesday, the family left the property – that even had its own lake – on the ‘last road’ out of town that was not shut because of the flood waters. 

It was also where the A-Team hitmaker wrote the song Visiting Hours – a detail he later revealed before performing it at Michael Gudinski’s memorial service. 

They reportedly reached Sydney airport and were then seen arriving on a private jet into Melbourne, just in time for Michael’s state memorial on Wednesday.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ed Sheeran’s reps for comment.  

Performance: The British singer was in Australia to perform at state memorial of his dear friend and music mogul Michael Gudinski at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, on Wednesday

Performance: The British singer was in Australia to perform at state memorial of his dear friend and music mogul Michael Gudinski at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, on Wednesday 

In quarantine: Ed, his wife Cherry and their seven-month-old daughter Lyra Antartica were undergoing their 14-day mandatory quarantine at a luxury estate, after arriving Down Under earlier this month

In quarantine: Ed, his wife Cherry and their seven-month-old daughter Lyra Antartica were undergoing their 14-day mandatory quarantine at a luxury estate, after arriving Down Under earlier this month

This week, Ed gave an emotional performance at Michael Gudinski’s state memorial at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.

He sang his hit single Castle on the Hill – one of late music mogul’s favourites – and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra. 

Ed was visibly emotional and at one point and had to stop singing, before saying ‘sorry’ and returning to the microphone.

Bound for Melbourne: They reportedly reached Sydney airport and were then seen arriving on a private jet into Melbourne, just in time for Michael's state memorial on Wednesday

Bound for Melbourne: They reportedly reached Sydney airport and were then seen arriving on a private jet into Melbourne, just in time for Michael’s state memorial on Wednesday

Tribute: At the memorial Ed gave an emotional tribute performance for the late Michael Gudinski at his state memorial in Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena

Tribute: At the memorial Ed gave an emotional tribute performance for the late Michael Gudinski at his state memorial in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena

He told the audience beforehand: ‘I never get this nervous, I’m really f**king nervous. So apologies if I mess up the lyrics or anything.’

Ed explained he penned the song during his mandatory quarantine.

He said: ‘I know it’s a difficult thing to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work getting me here and I really, really just appreciated the opportunity to get here.

Emotional: He sang Castle on the Hill - one of late music mogul's favourites - and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra that he wrote while in mandatory quarantine

Emotional: He sang Castle on the Hill – one of late music mogul’s favourites – and later broke down in tears as he performed a new song, Visiting Hours, which is about his daughter Lyra that he wrote while in mandatory quarantine

‘In lockdown I was able to have a guitar for quarantine I always find the best way to process stuff is to write songs, be it good news, bad news and here’s a song I finished last week.’

Visiting Hours is about Ed’s late grandfather Bill, who died in 2013, and how he would like to ask him for advice on raising his own child, who was born in August.

He also shared the stage with Kylie Minogue – whose music career was launched by Michael – to do a duet of her songs All The Lovers and The Loco-motion.

Making Michael proud: He also shared the stage with Kylie Minogue (left) - whose music career was launched by Michael - to do a duet of her songs All The Lovers and The Loco-motion

Making Michael proud: He also shared the stage with Kylie Minogue (left) – whose music career was launched by Michael – to do a duet of her songs All The Lovers and The Loco-motion

Permanent reminder: The day after the commemoration, Ed and Michael's son Matt (centre) - who has followed in his father's footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group - got matching tattoos in honour of the late Australian music icon

Permanent reminder: The day after the commemoration, Ed and Michael’s son Matt (centre) – who has followed in his father’s footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group – got matching tattoos in honour of the late Australian music icon

The day after the commemoration, Ed and Michael’s son Matt – who has followed in his father’s footsteps and is now the executive director of Mushroom Group – got matching tattoos in honour of the late Australian music icon.

They both got simple designs of a hand holding up the ‘No. 1’ sign, which was one of Gudinski’s signature pose in photographs.

Matt got his tattoo on his upper arm, while Ed’s is on his forearm.  

Ed affectionately described Michael a ‘father figure’ who organised his record-breaking stadium tour of Australia back in 2018.

Great friends: Ed affectionately described Michael a 'father figure' who organised his record-breaking stadium tour of Australia back in 2018

Great friends: Ed affectionately described Michael a ‘father figure’ who organised his record-breaking stadium tour of Australia back in 2018


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