Ed Sheeran is coming forward to refute reports that a proposal to surround his London home with five-foot-high metal gates is an attempt to prevent homeless people from sleeping on his doorstep.
According to U.K. newspaper The Sun, the “Thinking Out Loud” singer has submitted a planning application via his building agent Paul Smith to construct the railings as a barrier between his home and the street, with one of the reasons listed as “preventing opportunities for rough sleeping.”
However, Sheeran insists that barring homeless people from his stoop has nothing to do with with his proposal, which he says is meant to keep the paparazzi at bay.
Taking to Instagram, Sheeran unleashed a scathing response.
“Dear Natalie Edwards from The Sun newspaper,” he writes, addressing the article’s author.
“Your story is bollocks,” he adds, “I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason. The reason was to keep that paps that you employ from being on my doorstep. Have a good day.”