Ed Sheeran will not furlough any of his ten staff at his Notting Hill pub – in sharp contrast to Victoria Beckham who has been blasted for demanding state cash to pay her 30-strong fashion label team, it was revealed today.
The Suffolk-based star, 29, who is worth £170 million, will be using his personal fortune to prop up his bar Bertie Blossoms in west London, said to be named after his wife Cherry Seaborn, 27.
The bar was forced to close in March because of the coronavirus shutdown, but it appears workers in its bar and kitchen are being paid by the singer to be at home.
A spokesman for Mr Sheeran has confirmed that he will not ask the Treasury to pay up to 80 per cent of their salaries, up to a threshold of £2,500 per month.
Yet Victoria Beckham, who with her husband David is worth an estimated £355million, has sparked fury by seeking taxpayer assistance to pay 30 staff at her fashion label during the coronavirus crisis.
Ed Sheeran owns Bertie Blossoms, his Notting Hill bar, with manager Stuart Camp, and the star (pictured enjoying a pint there) will not be furloughing staff
Standing his ground: The musician, worth £170 million, will not reclaim 80 per cent of wages from the government amid the coronavirus pandemic (exterior image)
Victoria Beckham received backlash for deciding to use the taxpayer money to fund 30 of her fashion workers’ salaries, despite her £335million family fortune (pictured in February). Mr Sheeran is worth half that amount
A spokesperson for Ed told The Sun: ‘The business, co-owned by Ed Sheeran and Stuart Camp, is not, and will not, be accessing any Government scheme of any kind, including furloughing, grants, loans and so on.’
MailOnline has contacted Ed’s representatives for further comment.
The A Team hitmaker opened the doors to Bertie Blossoms in September 2019 with a snazzy launch which saw the likes of Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy in attendance.
Co-owned with his manager Stuart Camp, the pub has been billed as a ‘bright green, low-lit bar set over two floors with extensive drinks list including house cocktails’.
It is the latest setback for the multi-millionaire star as the venue originally opened as a restaurant but suffered a string of poor reviews.
The pop sensation was granted permission to turn his upmarket eatery into a bar despite neighbours having previously complained about noisy punters.
The artist asked the council if he could serve alcohol at the diner, but locals feared that by allowing people to drink without also making them eat, will attract a ‘different kind of customer’.
Mr Sheeran has around 10 staff running the bar and kitchen at Bertie Blossoms
Growing business: The A Team hitmaker opened the doors to Bertie Blossoms, said to be named after his wife Cherry Seaborn (pictured watching their beloved Ipswich Town in 2018), in September 2019
An application was submitted to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) in November, to allow Bertie Blossoms to serve just drinks as long as customers are sat down.
As of early 2020, visitors are able to just enjoy a drink, rather than sitting through a meal.
Last week, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan slammed Posh Spice, 46, by calling her a ‘pampered prima donna millionairess’ for furloughing her staff.
He said: ‘How nice it was at the weekend, with all the selfless acts, to hear Victoria Beckham is furloughing 30 staff of her failing business.
‘Lost money year after year. Been bailed out by her famously rich husband David Beckham.
‘Sorry, this furlough scheme was not for prima donna millionaires like you. Running a vanity project like her fashion business that makes no money.’
Co-host Susanna Reid, 49, explained that Victoria is reportedly forgoing her own salary and donating to food banks and asked what more she should do.
She also said that it was the government’s job to make guidelines clearer and Piers said it’s not their job to ‘give people a moral compass.’
Ouch! Last week, Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan slammed Posh Spice, 46, by calling her a ‘pampered prima donna millionairess’ for furloughing her staff