Ty Jones, AKA the UK’s most famous Ed Sheeran doppelganger, has praised the hitmaker for helping him pay for his six-month-old daughter’s special first Christmas.
He is, he says, thankful to Ed, 31, for his unlikely career choice, which enabled him to provide for his family in hard times, and the Christmas season too.
He explains he’ll use money from his lookalike appearances to make his partner Amanda, 37, and their daughter Cherry have the best festive season they can.
And in case you think the name sounds familiar, the superfan couple is keeping Ed in the family by more than just his music, having named their daughter after the singer’s own wife, Cherry.
‘This is my daughter’s first Christmas and it’s our first Christmas as a family which we’re really looking forward to! There are so many firsts for us as we’re new parents, but this festive season it’ll be the first time she’s ever seen a Christmas tree,’ he said.
‘We’re really excited to experience this; with the shows, it’s been enough to get by during these tough times so that’s helped me be able to fund the festive period.’
‘We’ve bought her lots of In the Night Garden and Tractor Ted-themed toys as those of her favourites at the moment, and on the day, we’ll sit down for turkey with all the trimmings.’
The 27-year-old was first compared to the chart-topper during his school days when he was just 16 and he’s managed to carve an unlikely career thanks to his uncanny resemblance to the world-famous singer-songwriter.
‘It’s not the most conventional job but I wouldn’t change it for the world, I enjoy every second of it,’ he continued, adding that performing all over the world as Sheeran has seen him mobbed by fans and feeling, ‘like an actual celebrity.’
“It’s definitely the craziest reaction I’ve had; I did a show in Saudi Arabia, and they were staring at me as I walked into the hotel.’
‘I went to my room and the next minute, there was someone knocking my door – it was a member of staff who’d been sent because the manager offered to upgrade my room,’ Ty recalled of one particularly memorable moment.
‘It was such an amazing reaction, and they didn’t believe I wasn’t Ed Sheeran, so much so that I had to get my arms out to prove it as Ed has way more tattoos than me!’ he added.
‘I also get over-the-top reactions from members of the public, like people running up to me crying and shaking.’
Surprisingly, he doesn’t have any snaps of himself with Ed, due to a stroke of bad weather whenever he has met him in person.
‘I’ve met the star a few times outside shows but never got a picture together because it’s always been raining!’ he explained.
And despite being only six months old, Cherry is, naturally, already a huge fan of Ed’s, with his Christmas duet with Elton John being one recent track that soothes her while she’s teething.
‘At the moment Cherry is starting to teethe so we tend to play Ed Sheeran’s music and it honestly appears to calm her down,’ Ty continued.
‘She must be another superfan like mummy and daddy! We both absolutely adore him, my favourite song is ‘One Life’ and Amanda’s is ‘Photograph’.’
‘Cherry was born in June and after Amanda gave birth, we went to see Ed Sheeran in Manchester the very next day – we went straight from the hospital! We had a great time but of course, Amanda was extremely tired.’
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