Ed Sheeran has declared his intention to abandon music if he is found guilty in his ongoing copyright lawsuit.
The artist is presently involved in a legal dispute over illegal copyright violations related to his track “Thinking Out Loud”.
Allegations suggest that Sheeran copied aspects of Marvin Gaye’s 1973 masterpiece “Let’s Get it On” for his 2014 smash hit. Sheeran has denied these accusations.
While in Manhattan court on Monday (1 May), Sheeran reportedly commented on a potential guilty outcome, “If that happens, I’m done, I’m stopping.”
The artist was reflecting on the emotional impact that the legal proceedings had on him.
“I find it really insulting to dedicate my entire life to being a performer and a songwriter and have someone diminish it,” he elaborated.
Last week, Kathryn Townsend Griffin, the woman presently suing Sheeran for plagiarism, had to be escorted from the courtroom after collapsing unexpectedly.
Griffin is the daughter of Ed Townsend, the co-writer of Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On”.
During the trial, Sheeran also critisized his own guitar abilities while describing his songwriting process to the court.
The musician apologized to observers after accidently hitting the microphone with his hand, stating: “I’m not the world’s most talented guitar player.”
Recently, Cherry Seaborn, Sheeran’s wife, disclosed that the performer composed seven songs in a mere four hours after learning of her cancer diagnosis.
“Some people write a diary and get their emotions out through the pen and, for Eds, if something really intense happens, he’ll go and write a song,” she explained.
Seaborn, aged 30, was diagnosed with a tumor in 2022 while pregnant with her and Sheeran’s second child. She has since undergone surgery for the tumor and is recuperating.