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Ed Sheeran Used To Be Homeless And Slept Outside Buckingham Palace

But on the plus side, it inspired his song "Homeless", right?

Ed Sheeran used to be homeless, and slept outside Buckingham Palace for a couple of nights to keep himself warm.

I didn't have anywhere to live for much of 2008 and the whole of 2009 and 2010, but somehow I made it work. I knew where I could get a bed at a certain time of night and I knew who I could call at any time to get a floor to sleep on. Being sociable helped. Drinking helped.

He spent much of his time crashing on friends' sofas rather than on the streets. Although he said he spent a couple of nights sleeping outside Queen Elizabeth II's residence.

There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there. That's where I wrote the song 'Homeless' and the lines 'It's not a homeless night for me, I'm just home less than I'd like to be.'
I'd go out and play a gig, wait until 5am, when the underground opened, sleep on the Circle Line until 12, go to a session – and then repeat. It wasn't that bad. It's not like I was sleeping rough on the cold streets. ..."I didn't have the best personal hygiene at that point because I didn't get a chance to shower. It was just: sleep on the train, session, sweat on stage, drink, sleep on the train.

But he's come a long way since then. Sheeran returned to Buckingham Palace in 2012 to perform in front of the Queen herself as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is out now.