It has been revealed that Ed Sheeran, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, actually failed music at college.
A letter sent to the 28-year-old singer/songwriter in 2010 confirmed he had received six F grades in all segments, including songcraft, of his higher diploma in Contemporary Music Performance course at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Surrey.
The letter is now on display at a new exhibition Ed Sheeran Made In Suffolk, at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich.
Ed attended the college in 2009 but quit in 2010 to concentrate on his music career, hence his fail marks.
According to Metro UK, there is a 2004 school report in the exhibition which describes him as a “natural performer”.
It reads: “Obviously at the moment his voice is beginning to change although he still has quite a lot in his higher register.”
Ed’s father John curated the exhibition, and in the programme his dad says his son had become “disillusioned” with the music course just three weeks in, and claims his tutors had “refused” the Shape of You singer permission to go on tour with Just Jack. After quitting the course, Ed Sheeran did tour with the Starz In Their Eyes hitmaker, and promotional material from his first major support slot is on display at the exhibit, along with a number of old photos, props from his music videos, and paintings of the hitmaker.
The Ed Sheeran: Made In Suffolk exhibition opens on 20 August and showcases a series of memorabilia that documents the life and career of the British musician.