Ed Sheeran's cutting comment after Beatrice 'sword prank' mishap
Ed Sheeran has joked about getting his face "cut open" as he showed off a scar on his cheek during his first official performance of 2016.
"It's nice to be back. I've had a whole year off. I went to Japan for about a month and hung out with Japanese people. Got my face cut open, anyone read about that?" he said d uring a charity gig at the Natural History Museum.
Sheeran's comments came after reports he was cut on the face by Princess Beatrice during a party prank.
The Sun said Sheeran, 25, needed stitches after Beatrice, 28, swung a ceremonial sword over her shoulder while she was pretending to "knight" James Blunt, not realising that the Thinking Out Loud singer was behind her.
Sheeran took to the stage on Wednesday night in front of Dippy the Diplodocus, the dinosaur skeleton replica which will be removed from Hintze Hall next month to go on a nationwide tour.
"This is the first time I've done a show in a year, so please bear with me," t he singer said as he played to 350 guests at the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) gala dinner.
During the 45 minute set Sheeran treated guests to performances of his most famous hits including Thinking Out Loud, Sing, I See Fire and The A Team.
Sheeran, who took a break from social media in December 2015 and has not posted publicly online since, also played Justin Bieber's Love Yourself - a song Sheeran co-wrote but said he had never played live before.
The Suffolk-born singer helped raise valuable funds for the charity which provides vital services for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses across East Anglia.
Sheeran has been an ambassador for the charity since 2014 and supported Each's nook appeal which aims to raise £10 million to transform children's palliative care across Norfolk, including building a new hospice called the nook.
Each said the total raised on the night came to more than £262,000.