At the Brit Awards last Wednesday, Ed Sheeran sparked speculation that he and fiancée Cherry Seaborn had secretly tied the knot when he was spotted wearing a silver wedding-type band on his left ring finger. There had also been reports of him wearing such a ring at an earlier concert. When he was asked on the red carpet if there had been a secret wedding, the singer told ITV that it was an engagement ring.
“I never saw why men didn’t wear engagement rings,” Sheeran said, “It’s the same commitment either way. Cherry made it for me herself out of silver clay. I really like it. I haven’t told anyone that, either.”
EXCLUSIVE: @edsheeran on the new ‘engagement’ ring he’s sporting on his left hand: ‘Cherry made it for me herself, out of silver clay. I really like it. I haven’t told anyone that, either!’ pic.twitter.com/XC5SxywCsq
— Lorraine on ITV (@ITVLorraine) February 22, 2018
That sent fans fawning over the couple and Ed’s sweetness all over again. He’s wearing an engagement ring! That she made him! Hearts melted. The bar was raised. Ed Sheeran was declared perfect.
The ring also started an interesting debate about whether men should start wearing engagement rings and if this was going to become a trend. In an interesting turn-around, this whole thing was taken from Ed Sheeran defying a gender norm because he feels like it, to people posing the question of if men will be wearing “man-gagement” rings now. What? The word “engagement” was never gendered to begin with, why does it need a “man” prefix? This is “bro-ga” and “bro-gurt” all over again.
🎵 If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it 🎵
Ed Sheeran is breaking down gender stereotypes by choosing to wear an engagement ring.
He explained: “I never saw why men didn’t wear engagement rings, because it’s the same commitment either way.”
Is this a good idea? pic.twitter.com/IkdltOLfTE
— Elaine (@tv3elaine) February 23, 2018
Would you (as a man) wear a man-gagement ring? https://t.co/ua7ud3YWxk
— Hogans Estate Agents (@HogansLeeds) February 26, 2018
Good for @edsheeran ✊🏼 respecting the relationship from both sides ❤
— A Tailgater’s Life 🍺🏈🏒 (@ATailgatersLife) February 24, 2018
My chap wears a engagement ring! We are very with it 😋
— Name cannot be blank (@claireacluck) February 22, 2018
Oh my God, “man-gagement ring”. Just call it an engagement ring for crying out loud. “It’s very millennial, very now” – Try to sound less condescending… #LooseWomen
— Chris Horn (@CeruleanChris) February 22, 2018
Today in unnecessarily gendered items, courtesy of the radio:
— Daren 💀👑 (@DarenLikesHugs) February 27, 2018
Wear a ring or don’t wear a ring. The weirdest thing going on here is people once again attributing gender distinctions to inanimate objects. Yes, traditionally engagement rings are worn by women but they were never called “woman-gagement” rings. Let’s chill with the gender prefixes, people.