Ed Sheeran is dusting off an old friend for his latest effort, with the new video for “Happier” featuring the long-awaited return of his puppet doppelganger.
First seen in the 2014 video for “Sing”, the Sheeran puppet is back, and despite the song’s title he’s definitely not happier.
Unlike the earlier video, in which the puppet partied in nightclubs and cavorted with models in the back of a limo, this time we see a more melancholic side of the Ed Sheeran puppet as he drinks alone in a seedy bar and laments the lost love of his ex (who is apparently made out of balloons).
According to a brief mention in a 2017 interview with BBC News, the puppet has apparently spent the past few years chilling out in the London offices of Atlantic Records, where it’s been displayed in a glass presentation case outside the boardroom.
In this new interview, Ed’s alter ego breaks down everything you need to know about his new single and music video:
For a then-and-now comparison of the Ed Sheeran puppet in happier times, here’s a look back at the video for “Sing”, in which the puppet hangs with the actual Sheeran and Pharrell.