Ed Sheeran self-isolating in Australia to prepare for upcoming performance at funeral of his 'father figure'


Ed Sheeran is self-isolating in Australia in preparation for his performance at the funeral of his friend Michael Gudinski.

The music executive, who had championed the Shape of You hitmaker throughout his career, passed away unexpectedly aged 68 earlier this month.

Michael's state funeral is planned for March 24 and Ed has reportedly flown into Australia so he can observe coronavirus quarantine procedures privately before travelling to the memorial in Melbourne.

Ed has paid an emotional social media tribute to Michael following his death, describing him as a "father figure and a mentor" and a "tornado of joy".

In an Instagram post, he explained: "He was such a force and would make everyone feel like they were the most important person to him.

"He had a way with words that most people couldn't understand. We always joked he needed a translator because of the pure speed in which he would talk in a thick growling Aussie accent. But his passion was always the thing you never needed translating, as you could feel it whenever he spoke."

The 30-year-old singer continued: "To me, and many others, he is the heart of Australian music, and always will be... We enjoyed the peaks of our touring career together in 2018, breaking the record for most tickets sold in Australia."

Kylie Minogue also paid tribute to Gudinski, the owner of Mushroom Records, after his death.

Minogue tweeted: "MICHAEL GUDINKSI Legend. Legacy. LOVE. A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can't believe he's gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I'll always love you 'The Big G'."