Ed Sheeran has hit back at reports he is installing a set of railings outside his London home to prevent homeless people from sleeping outside it.
It was reported that he has submitted plans to erect five-foot cast iron railings outside his £8million townhouse, tipped with pointed ends to stop rough sleepers from bedding down outside.
However, the singer – who himself has spent time couch-surfing and even slept on the streets a couple of times before his rise to fame – angrily slammed the claims.
Gunning directly for a newspaper report, Ed wrote on Instagram: “Your story is bollocks, I have done lots of work in the past for Crisis and Shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason.
“The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep. Have a good day,” he finished.
However, his building agent Paul Smith did say in the planning application that one of the reasons for installing the privacy measures was “preventing opportunities for rough sleeping”.
But he’s having a hard time getting permission from the local council for his railings, as neighbours have previously objected to the three sets of vertical fencing on the grounds that they were “detrimental to the conservation area”.
A rep for Ed told the Sun: “This is a standard planning application, which was not written by Ed, and it is not reflective of Ed’s views or feelings on homelessness.”
Ed himself had to counter claims that he spent some time without a roof over his head back before he was famous.
In his book Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey, Ed told of how he “didn’t have a place to stay” between 2008 and 2010 – leading many to believe he was actually homeless.
But he later clarified to say: “It’s been really taken out of context in press – everyone’s saying Ed Sheeran was homeless.
“I never say that in the book, I went without a bed for some nights, that’s it. It’s just that I didn’t have a place to stay [those nights], so I slept on the Central Line and outside Buckingham Palace. That’s just what I did.”
Ed even got the inspiration for his song Homeless from sleeping rough outside the palace for two nights.
“There were moments I wanted to give up,” he said of his pre-fame days when he was gigging in London without any cash for a hotel.
“The nights that you don’t have a couch to sleep on or you don’t have money in your pocket, or food in your stomach or a charged phone, those become the nights were you reassess your situation.”
Ed, whose net worth is thought to be around £45million, is also rumoured to be building his own chapel in the grounds of his Suffolk mansion – which could be the location of his upcoming wedding to fiancee Cherry Seaborn.