Even on his day off, Ed Sheeran doesn’t take it easy. The British singer drove five hours Sunday to make a guest appearance at a stacked Manchester Arena gig—and provide musical accompaniment for his friend’s proposal.
Sheeran, who’s on a short break from touring after a string of London shows last week, took to the stage to help out Jake Roche, the 22-year-old singer of the British band Rixton. Roche’s girlfriend—now fiancé!—Jesy Nelson sings in the band Little Mix, which was on a bill that also included James Bay and Mark Ronson.
“Travelled 5 hours to sing our favourite song on his day off,” Roche tweeted. “I will never ever be able to repay you. Love you pal.” He added in an Instagram post: “A year ago today I met her at manchester arena, so it was only right, with a little help from my friend, that this happened. Best day of my life.” Sheeran responded that it was an “absolute pleasure,” thanking Roche for “the KFC.”
@Jake_Rixton my absolute pleasure. Thanks for the KFC
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) July 19, 2015
Nelson also commented via Little Mix’s Instagram: “The most surreal moment of my life and everyone that I love most was there to share it with us! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world rite now literally cannot stop crying! Future Mrs Roche.”