Ed Sheeran has said he thinks South Park ruined the chance of his ginger hair ever being seen as cool.

The singer, 30, told how red hair was never something people in America would make fun of until an episode of the animated series that aired in November 2005.

Speaking on Slam Radio, Ed referenced the episode which saw Eric Cartman become ginger and had the line: ‘the ginger gene is a curse’.

Interview: Ed Sheeran has said he thinks South Park ruined the chance of his ginger hair ever being seen as cool

Interview: Ed Sheeran has said he thinks South Park ruined the chance of his ginger hair ever being seen as cool

Interview: Ed Sheeran has said he thinks South Park ruined the chance of his ginger hair ever being seen as cool

He said: ‘Having red hair in England was always a thing that people took the p*** out of you for. But it was never something in America. People never knew what a ginger was in America. 

‘That episode of South Park f****** ruined my life. I was going to America and everyone was like “I love your hair dude.” And I was like “Oh my God, people like my hair?”

‘And then I remember that episode coming out and that was just it worldwide for the rest of my life.’

In the episode, Cartman believes he has developed a mysterious case of ‘gingervitis’. 

Comedy: Ed referenced the episode which saw Eric Cartman become ginger and had the line: 'the ginger gene is a curse'

Comedy: Ed referenced the episode which saw Eric Cartman become ginger and had the line: 'the ginger gene is a curse'

Comedy: Ed referenced the episode which saw Eric Cartman become ginger and had the line: ‘the ginger gene is a curse’

The episode was said to have inspired the National Kick A Ginger Day in 2008 which saw several red-haired students assaulted.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ed insisted he is still a big fan of South Park and would like to voice himself in it if he was ever featured. 

It comes after Ed revealed he plans on quitting huge tours in 2022 in order to spend more time with his wife Cherry Seaborn and their daughter Lyra, 16 months.

The star admitted The Mathematics Tour will likely be his last stadium tour as he seeks to dedicate more time to family.

Taking a step back: Ed revealed he plans on quitting huge tours in 2022 in order to spend more time with his wife Cherry Seaborn and their daughter Lyra, 16 months (pictured in September 2021)

Taking a step back: Ed revealed he plans on quitting huge tours in 2022 in order to spend more time with his wife Cherry Seaborn and their daughter Lyra, 16 months (pictured in September 2021)

Taking a step back: Ed revealed he plans on quitting huge tours in 2022 in order to spend more time with his wife Cherry Seaborn and their daughter Lyra, 16 months (pictured in September 2021)

Speaking on the Teach Me A Lesson podcast, Ed was asked what he would tell his older self and said he thought it was key he wouldn’t be ‘choosing work’ over family.

He said: ‘I would hate to get to 20 years’ time and have a relationship with my kids that had suffered because I’d chosen work over them.

‘I think the pattern I see a lot in my sphere, is if I could go back it would be this: “I would not miss this birthday and I would not go, yes I’ll play another stadium”.

‘I think it’s about finding the balance with that – and I honestly think that this next tour that I’m going on, at the end of the tour, I can’t see myself going on one of them like that again.’

Ed added that at most, he would be away for ‘six weeks in summer or six weeks in the winter’ to ensure he isn’t missing out on time with Cherry, 29, and Lyra.

The Mathematics Tour kicks off next year in Dublin’s Croke Park on April 23 with Ed performing across Europe until September. 

Ed said: said: 'I would hate to get to 20 years' time and have a relationship with my kids that had suffered because I'd chosen work over them' (pictured in December 2021)

Ed said: said: 'I would hate to get to 20 years' time and have a relationship with my kids that had suffered because I'd chosen work over them' (pictured in December 2021)

Ed said: said: ‘I would hate to get to 20 years’ time and have a relationship with my kids that had suffered because I’d chosen work over them’ (pictured in December 2021)

Source: | This article originally belongs to thehealthsite.com

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