Ed Sheeran stopped his performance at a charity gig to tell fans about his friend who died earlier this year after.
The Bad Habits singer treated the audience to his new song Visiting Hours, which is about his friend and music producer Michael Gudinski.
The track has a double meaning and is also about his daughter Lyra, 1, who he shares with his wife Cherry, 29.
Ed said that he had written the song while he was still processing the sudden death of his dear friend, who had worked on tours with him.
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The 30-year-old told the crowd at his Merry Christmas Gathering: “Everyone’s grandparents are passing away, so you prepare yourself for that.
“When that happened of course I was sad, but it is also part of life. But with my friend Michael it just happened instantly and the next day we weren’t talking.
“So I wrote this song in this kind of solitary moment where I didn’t want to speak to anyone about it. I wrote this song and it kind of helped me to get through it,” he said.
“Then I played it to his family and they said to put it on the album.”
The singer continued: “I kept bumping into people that had heard the song and liked the song and it was super personal to me, but they found things that were personal to them.
“I’m just really happy that this song has multiple meanings, and it feels like it belongs to everyone, not just me.”
The Australian-born producer died in his sleep on March 2 aged 68 and his death rocked the music industry.
Ed took to Instagram to share his grief at the time.
“I’ll miss you mate”, he wrote and shared a photo of him and Michael with their arms slung around each other’s shoulders in front of a stunning sunset.