Ed Sheeran speaks out about Irish grandmother's death after winning US court battle 4 months ago

Ed Sheeran speaks out about Irish grandmother's death after winning US court battle

He missed his grandmother's funeral due to the plagiarism trial.

Ed Sheeran has spoken out after winning his US copyright battle over his hit 'Thinking Out Loud'.


The English popstar and father of two was cleared of claims of copying Marvin Gaye’s classic song 'Let’s Get It On' for the 2014 single, with a jury ruling that he had independently created the track. Sheeran previously had said that he would quit music if the trial had gone the other way.

After missing his Irish grandmother's funeral in Wexford this week due to the court battle, the singer-songwriter told reporters: "I am not, and never will allow myself to be, a piggy bank for someone to shake."

He also said: "Having to be in New York for this trial has meant that I have missed being with my family at my grandmother’s funeral in Ireland. I won’t get that time back."

Sheeran's lawyer Ilene Farkas said the similarities in the chord progressions in the two songs were nothing more than "the letters of the alphabet of music."


The estate of Ed Townsend, co-writer on 'Let's Get It On', had brought the case to court.

Sheeran's grandmother Anne Mary Sheeran - also known as Nancy Sheeran - died peacefully Tuesday of last week at her nursing home in Wexford. She was the inspiration for the popstar's song 'Nancy Mulligan'.

Her death notice read:


"Died 25 April 2023 peacefully at Castle Gardens Nursing Home Enniscorthy. Beloved wife of the late Bill and loving mother."

"Deeply regretted by her loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours."

She was laid to rest on Wednesday, 3 May.

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