Ed Sheeran has revealed he almost retired after the birth of his daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

Speaking to US radio station SiriusXM, the Galway Girl singer said: "I stopped playing music for a bit. And music is entirely me as a person. Then I had my daughter and I was like, 'Right, that's it. This is me. I am probably just going to be a dad. I am not going to play music anymore.

"Then I was suddenly like, it is more important for my daughter to grow up knowing that her parents have a work ethic.

"I slowly got back into music that way and the creative process started flowing again."

Sheeran continued: "I write about 25 songs a week and one of them will be all right and that will go on the 'maybe' list."

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Sheeran's latest release, Bad Habits, is the first time he has released a single that does not feature a collaborator since Happier from his 2017 album Divide.

Artwork featuring Sheeran dressed as a vampire were projected onto London landmarks, including the Tate Modern gallery, to mark the new music.

Sheeran released the No.6 Collaborations Project in July 2019, which featured artists including Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello and Travis Scott.

His album Divide arrived in 2017 and included the songs Castle On The Hill, Galway Girl and Shape Of You.

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