Ed Sheeran has refused to furlough staff at his London pub, Bertie Blossoms, after it was forced to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Daily Mail has reported that a spokesman for the multi-millionaire singer (29) will not reclaim 80 per cent of workers' wages from the UK government.

The news follows criticism of fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham’s decision to avail of British taxpayer money to pay 30 of her fashion workers' salaries, despite her estimated £335million family fortune.

A spokesperson for Sheeran, who is said to be worth £170 million, told The Sun: 'The business, co-owned by Ed Sheeran and Stuart Camp, is not, and will not, be accessing any government scheme of any kind, including furloughing, grants, loans and so on.'

The pub in the affluent Notting Hill area of London is said to be named after Sheeran’s wife Cherry Seaborn and opened in September 2019.