Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been relatively anonymous since taking a break from social media nearly one year ago as he works on a highly-anticipated third album.
But he has been out and about recently, snapping pictures with fans at gigs as a megastar like him is wont to do. Captured in the social media photos has been a new addition to his face: A scar on his right cheek.
But how did it get there? And does it involve James Blunt?
Take this fan photo of Sheeran at a Foy Vance gig on Nov. 18, when there wasn’t much of an attempt by him to hide the scar.
Well, here’s a theory so bizarre we want desperately for it to be true.
According to an unsubstantiated report, Sheeran had to be taken to hospital after he was cut on the face with a sword by Princess Beatrice, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York.
The Sun reported she was performing a mock knighting for James Blunt at a party. A representative from the Royal Family declined to comment on the matter to The Independent, and Sheeran did not immediately respond to the newspaper.
Here’s the theory: Blunt joked about wanting to receive a knighthood, so Beatrice gleefully fetched a ceremonial sword to perform the deed. As you do. Beatrice swung the blade over her shoulder in the process, but apparently didn’t realise Sheeran was behind her, and thus struck him in the face.
“The blade cut into his face and it was just a few inches from his right eye,” an anonymous source told The Sun. “A couple of the guests said it could have been worse and he could have been blinded in the eye but Ed really played it down.”
Beatrice was reportedly “inconsolable” following the incident, as Sheeran went to receive stitches.
If true, it’s surely one of the most amazing celebrity party stories ever. But we’re not holding our breath.