If he loses his current copyright infringement trial, Ed Sheeran has promised to stop performing music.

Sheeran said he would give up music if a jury finds him guilty of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s 1973 soul classic Let’s Get It On with his smash tune Thinking Out Loud during his testimony on Monday in a federal court in Manhattan.

The 32-year-old was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, “If that happens, I’m done, I’m stopping.”

The singer-songwriter said, “I find it really insulting to devote my whole life to being a performer and a songwriter and have someone diminish it.” He also voiced his anger about the claims and their prospective effect on his career.

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In addition, he stated that the prosecution was attempting to “diminish my success” and pointed out that Thinking Out Loud was responsible for his first Grammy Award.

The family of co-writer Ed Townsend of the song “Let’s Get It On” is suing the singer for $100 million (£73 million).

They assert that Let’s Get It On and Thinking Out Loud share “striking similarities,” including a similar chord pattern. These allegations have been rejected by Sheeran, who argues that his 2014 ballad is an original composition that uses well-liked “building blocks that have been freely available for hundreds of years.”

Sheeran previously battled for copyright over his song Shape of You in a UK courtroom last year. He prevailed there.


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