Ed Sheeran gets tattoo tribute to late music exec Michael Gudinski after breaking down in tears at his memorial
ED SHEERAN has a permanent tribute to late pal and “father figure” Michael Gudinski tattooed on his forearm following his tragic death.
The A Team singer revealed the inking on his right arm, detailing a hand with the index finger pointed to the sky, in what was the music executive’s signature sign.
Ed Sheeran has a permanent tattoo tribute to late father figure Michael Gudinski on his forearm[/caption]
Ed, 30, was joined by Michael’s son Matt as well as Kate Gudinski’s husband Andrew at Grey Street Tattoo in St Kilda, Melbourne, for the touching body art.
Alongside a snap showing the trio beaming at their tributes, the tattoo parlour wrote: “An unfortunate way to meet but big thanks to Ed, Matt, Andrew for coming by the studio and getting a fitting memorial to a true Melbourne icon last night”
Tattoo artist Jake described the moment as “tragically heavy.”
Earlier this month, Ed broke down in tears as he performed an emotional new song at Aussie music godfather Michael’s funeral.
Ed and the Aussie music exec in his signature pose[/caption]
He stopped midway through the new single he had penned during quarantine and told the audience at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, “Sorry” before returning to the song.
Ed, 30, warned the audience before: “I never get this nervous, I’m really f***ing nervous. So apologies if I mess up the lyrics or anything.”
Ed previously shared a number of previously unseen photos of the pair, who had worked together for more than a decade.
Australian businessman Michael first met the Castle On The Hill singer in 2011.
Ed was joined by Michael’s son Matt as well as Kate Gudinski’s husband Andrew at Grey Street Tattoo[/caption]
Tattoo artist Jake described the moment as ‘tragically heavy’[/caption]
After sadly passing away on Monday, Ed took to his social media to share a photo of their on a sunset beach, writing: “I’ll miss you mate”.
The post received millions of likes in just a matter of hours, with friends and fans flooding the comments to support Ed.
British singer Ed followed up with a lengthy tribute to his friend, detailing how the 68-year-old was a “father figure and a mentor”.
“It’s so hard to put into words how much Michael meant to me and to all of us who knew him,” Ed began the emotional post. “I felt like I needed to try just so I could process it in my own head.
The pair first met in 2011[/caption]
“Michael was a tornado of joy. You would know he arrived in the building just by hearing the chaotic bark of his, and you could feel the room get excited about the arrival of his presence.
“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.”
Ed went on to joke how he and the music mogul would joked he needed a translator due to his quick talking and thick Australian accent.
“His passion was always the thing you never needed translating, as you could feel it whenever he spoke,” the pop star went on.
Ed previously described his late pal as a ‘tornado of joy’[/caption]
Ed, 30, posted a hugely emotional tribute to Michael on his Instagram page[/caption]
“We were, first and foremost, friends. He was a father figure and mentor to me, but also we enjoyed the peaks of our touring career together in 2018, breaking the record for most tickets sold in Australia.”
The Perfect singer detailed how Michael had gifted him a life-sized bronze statue of himself after the tour at the singer’s request.
“Me and him had a drink together with the statue many times and laughed about how ridiculous it is,” Ed reminisced.
“The night he passed, I was very grateful to be able to share his favourite wine with him and say goodbye, and will be eternally grateful that I can now do this every night from now on.”
Ed said ‘nothning will fill the void’ left by Michael[/caption]
In a photo tribute he wrote ‘in between the tears there has been laughter and joy, remembering this Titan of a man’[/caption]
An emotional Ed noted that while “nothing will fill the void” of his friend, the “memories” he made with him will “live on”.
“I will make sure I keep sharing all of my amazing stories I have of him,” he continued. “In between the tears there has been laughter and joy, remembering this Titan of a man.”
He signed off the message saying goodbye to “father figure” Michael, simply writing: “Number one son x.”
Alongside the tribute, photographs showed Ed, Michael and the statue together, as well as them drinking together and smiling for the camera.
Mushroom records founder Michael sadly passed away in his sleep on March 2[/caption]
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Gudinksi founded record company Mushroom when he was 20, and it became Australia’s largest independent music group.
He was key in luring the world’s biggest stars to perform down under, including Bruce Springsteen.
He died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep on March 2, aged 68.
Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.