Ed Sheeran says 'adulting' began after death of close friend Jamal Edwards

The chart-topper has opened up about his grief

Ed Sheeran and Jamal Edwards enjoyed a close bond. (AP)
Ed Sheeran and Jamal Edwards enjoyed a close bond. (AP)

Ed Sheeran has said he grew up and started “adulting” when his close friend Jamal Edwards died.

Edwards, the son of Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, died in February last year aged 31, and a coroner later ruled the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia following cocaine use.

Sheeran was very close to Edwards, who was behind music platform SBTV, and told of his heartache after he passed away.

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According to the Mirror, the star has now revealed how Edwards’ death changed him.

English singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the US premiere of
Ed Sheeran has opened up about the death of Jamal Edwards. (AFP via Getty Images)

He was quoted as saying in an interview with exercise brand Peloton: “The one thing I’ve realised is the moment death happens, a real close, close death, is when you become an adult.

“That’s when adulting begins, that’s when real life s*** begins.”

“You can be six and go through that and it’s just cruel that that is the end of your youth,” Sheeran, 32, added.

The chart-topper – who has two young daughters with his wife Cherry – previously dedicated a song to Edwards, who he has referred to as his “brother”.

After his death, Sheeran posted a message on Instagram saying that “his light shone so bright”.

“He only used it to illuminate others and never asked for anything in return,” he said.

Ed Sheeran performs on NBC's
Ed Sheeran said Jamal Edwards was his 'brother'. (Invision/AP)

“A star’s light shines for millions of years after they go, and his will continue to light up every dark moment, we are all witnessing his power.”

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He remembered Edwards on the anniversary this year, writing on Instagram: "Can’t believe it’s been a year.

"Miss you every day, currently drowning myself in rum listening to tunes you loved xx."

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