British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has vowed to quit the music industry if he loses a copyright infringement case currently in progress. The Grammy-winning artist is being sued by the estate of Marvin Gaye, who claim that Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud” copied elements of Gaye’s 1973 R&B classic “Let’s Get It On.”
In a recent interview with the press, Sheeran made his stance on the issue clear, stating, “If that happens, I’m done – I’m stopping.” He went on to explain that losing the case would be a personal insult to him after dedicating his life to his craft.
“I find it really insulting to work my whole life as a singer-songwriter and diminish it,” he said.
During the trial, Sheeran was questioned by attorney Farkas, who asked if he had copied any part of “Let’s Get It On” in his song. Sheeran vehemently denied the allegations, responding with a simple “No.”
The case is ongoing, and it remains to be seen whether the court will rule in Sheeran’s favor or not.
In other news, Sheeran recently opened up about the tough times he’s been going through in the new Disney+ docuseries, “Ed Sheeran: The Sum of It All.” In the series, Sheeran reveals that he faced never-imagined emotional damage during a particularly difficult period in his life. In the same month, his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and his best friend Jamal Edwards suddenly passed away.
“In a kinda chaotic storm where you’re just trying to stay level,” Sheeran said, “Like, I hadn’t really grown up until I felt grief. Loss — it just took over my life.”
Sheeran has been a major force in the music industry since his debut album “+,” released in 2011. He has since become a household name, known for his heartfelt lyrics and catchy tunes.