Ed Sheeran reveals daughter Lyra's very famous godfather – and the inspiration behind her unusual middle name
ED Sheeran has revealed his daughter Lyra's very famous godfather.
The hit supremo, who has 10-month-old Lyra with wife Cherry Seaborn, confirmed Snow Patrol band member and Courtney Cox's husband Johnny McDaid has been given the honour.
Ed, 30, set up his pal Johnny with the Friends actress nearly a decade ago after they penned songs together.
Explaining how they hit it off, he said: "I introduced her to my best mate Johnny, who I wrote Shape of You and Bad Habits with.
"He's also godfather to Lyra, but yeah I introduced them like nine years
"She just invited me round her house and I just kept going round and
then one day I brought Johnny and he didn't come home."
Ed is also friendly with Sir Elton John, who used to regularly call him
to make sure he was OK during the various coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.
But the 'Your Song' hitmaker still cannot pronounce his pal's name
He said: "I'm done with trying to correct him.
"We've been friends – I mean he's someone also in the lockdown that used
to ring me.
"But I think as soon as I became a dad, 'cause he's a dad as well he
rung me so much to check up on me and I had a friend pass away in March
that he knew as well, so he was ringing to check up on me. He's great.
"But yeah I'm forever 'Ed Sherran' to him."
Ed admitted being a father is "a shift", but it is "the best thing he's ever done."
Fans have long speculated that Lyra's middle name is Antarctica because
she was conceived there, and the 'Thinking Out Loud' singer has admitted
"Cherry was pregnant" when they got home from their trip to the
southernmost continent, but they included it in Lyra's name because it
is a "special" place for them.
Speaking on The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East, he added: "Me
and Cherry always wanted to go to Antarctica, it was always on our list.
"It's the one continent I haven't gone to … so we went there and it's
just an amazing place, it's really special to us, and obviously like we
got home and Cherry was pregnant.
"Yeah it was just something we wanted to have in her name. I know people
see it as a weird thing, but like … I mean it's less about where she was
made and more about it being special.
"I just wanted to have a connection to it … I understand it's like
awkward for kids to grow up and then she'll like watch this interview
and be 'eww'."
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