Kicking off 2018 on a high note, Grammy Award-winning singer Ed Sheeran announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn. "Got myself a fiancé just before new year," he wrote on Instagram on Saturday, Jan. 20. Not only have the two been engaged for a few weeks now, but come to find out Sheeran and Seaborn's relationship timeline goes back a good 15 years, as the two were childhood friends before reconnecting in 2015.
"I've known Cherry since I was 11," Sheeran explained to People back in March 2017. The two then went on to attend high school together in England, and were good friends as teenagers, according to Us Weekly. After that, they seemingly went their separate ways as Sheeran launched a career in music and Seaborn moved to the United States.
In July 2015, Sheeran claimed to be single after having broken up with his previous girlfriend Athina Andrelos a few months before. During an interview with Capital London's Breakfast Show, the "Castle On The Hill" singer said, "It's actually non-existent at the moment," when asked about his romantic life. He continued:
"My [last] relationship ended and then I went to the Middle East, Asia, South America. I was just gone and my mind had no time to just settle with it. So I was just working, working, working."
Either something changed between July and September, or Sheeran was downplaying his relationship status, because he and Seaborn started showing up in photos together. Here's how it all seemed to go down.
July 2015: Attending Taylor Swift's Annual Party
While speaking with People in the aforementioned interview, Sheeran reflected on how his and Seaborn went from childhood friends to being romantically involved. "She worked on Wall Street in New York," he explained, before noting that in 2015 he had a string of six concerts in NYC.
"It was around then," Sheeran continued, "We reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor's 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, 'I'm in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,' and I was like, 'So am I.'" Sheeran then asked Swift if he could invite Seaborn to her party, and apparently she said yes, because like Sheeran told People, "The rest is history."
September 2015: Hanging Out Together In Public
Seaborn showed up in Sheeran's Instagram feed on Sept. 7, 2015, just a few days after the two were photographed sitting front row at a Mets game at Citi Field in New York City. At the time, Seaborn was referred to as a longtime friend or "pal" of Sheeran by media outlets, but some began speculating that they could've recently began dating.
May 2016: Traveling & Holding Hands
While Sheeran and Seaborn began dating in July 2015, they kept their romance relatively private for another year or so. It was during the summer of 2016 that they began traveling together and being seen in public. In May, they were even spotted holding hands while on a trip to Australia, according to the Daily Mail.
July 2016: Celebrating Their One-Year Anniversary
A few weeks later, the couple celebrated their one year anniversary, as was evident from the banner that Swift made for Sheeran and Seaborn.
Another of Swift's friends, Abigail, shared the banners that Swift had made for a few of her besties including Lauren, as well as one in the back that appears to be wishing Sheeran and Seaborn a happy anniversary.
December 2016: Moving In Together
Toward the end of 2016, Sheeran and Seaborn reportedly reached a major relationship milestone. According to The Sun, Seaborn moved to the U.K. to move in with Sheeran.
March 2017: Singing About Seaborn & Hinting At Marriage
On March 3, 2017, Sheeran released Divide, and a number of the songs on the album are reportedly about Seaborn, including "Pefect" and "Shape Of You." While promoting Divide, Sheeran did an interview with KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O Show, and according to Entertainment Tonight, when asked about potentially marrying Seaborn, he claimed he felt "pretty good about it."
July 2017: More Summer Travels
Sheeran doesn't post a lot of photos of Seaborn to social media, but in July of 2017, he shared a shot of them traveling in South America. "Climbing mountains in Peru," Sheeran captioned the pic.
January 2018: Announcing Their Engagement
Cut to Jan. 20, Sheeran shared a note to Instagram confirming that he and Seaborn had gotten engaged at the end of 2017. He shared a photo of himself and Seaborn with a caption reading,
"Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well."
So far the couple hasn't announced a wedding date, but given their relationship timeline and the fact that they were living together for about a year before becoming engaged, it doesn't seem so far fetched to expect that Sheeran and Seaborn might get married sometime before the end of 2018. But until they make an official announcement, you'll have to just wait and see.