Ed Sheeran says he found his purpose in life after becoming a father

The singer and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, welcomed their daughter last year.

December 9, 2021, 11:43 AM

Ed Sheeran is a multi-Grammy winning artist who's toured the world numerous times -- but that all pales in comparison to being a father to his daughter, Lyra.

Speaking on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, the "Shivers" singer said his daughter is now 15 months old and is "walking, talking ... constantly with a bit of bread in her hand."

As for what words Lyra has already mastered, Sheeran said she's saying "dada and mama," but declined to reveal which one came first.

He said being a father has given him a greater purpose in his life -- more so than his music career. He said that he started music as a hobby, which later became his job and he got swept up in the ebb and flow of making albums and going on tour.

Although he said he "loved" all of it, he confessed, "I just found that I didn't really have any purpose outside of that."

The 30-year-old explained that whenever he forced himself to step away from his job, "I wasn't doing anything I enjoyed because I loved doing music." He said he found that being a father "has given me purpose and something in life that's actually more important than my job."

The "Bad Habits" singer said it's much harder for him to be away from his daughter than his music. He won't be able to physically hold Lyra for another "four days," he said, and it's been "really, really difficult."

The singer shares Lyra with his wife, Cherry Seaborn.