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Ed Sheeran has more 'class' than Victoria Beckham ever will, say fans after singer refuses to furlough staff

'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, his representative shared
UPDATED APR 28, 2020
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Singer Ed Sheeran has shown celebrities like Victoria Beckham exactly how to run a business. The 'Shape of You' singer revealed that he will not furlough any of his bar staff. He maintained that there will be no attempts to get the government to help him pay the ten staff who work at his restaurant and bar in Notting Hill, in West London. 

The bar 'Bertie Blossoms' had to close its doors in compliance with the social distancing rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. This meant that like millions of others, Ed's employees- the waiting staff, chefs, kitchen assistants would also be left with no work. 

At this time, business owners can reclaim around 80% of their staff's wages from the government. A representative for Ed said, "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," the Sun reports.  

Ed has put thousands of pounds into his restaurant which was named after his beloved wife, Cherry Seaborn. As a response to Sheeran's decision, fans and followers took to social media to praise Ed for his decision. One such fan shared, "That's becuase he's humble as f**k." 

Another added, "That’s the difference between having class and not. @edsheeran has it and no matter how much money @victoriabeckham has, she never will." A third user commented and said, "Ed is the kindest and the most generous person and artist. He has heart of gold. I love him even more."

"I absolutely agree! He is always reaching out and helping others out of the generosity, and kindness, of his heart. I have so much love and respect for him," wrote a fourth. 

The 46-year-old former 'Spice Girls' star Victoria Beckham was called out and heavily criticized for furloughing 30 employees from her fashion business which is making a loss. Her decision to furlough her staff did not sit well with MPs and other public figures like Piers Morgan. 

The 'Good Morning Britain' host launched an attack on Posh to reconsider her decision of using the government bailout scheme since her family is worth $444 million (£335million). Morgan took to Twitter to share, "Sorry, but this makes me puke. If you care this much about the NHS, @victoriabeckham - then why are you taking taxpayer money the NHS desperately needs - and you DON'T need - to furlough your staff & prop up your failing business."

A spokeswoman for ­Victoria, on Saturday, April 18, said, "We are working hard to ensure our much-valued VB team is protected by keeping our business healthy. Having carefully assessed all our options, we made the decision to furlough a proportion of staff on an enhanced package."

We had earlier reported that Victoria believes that the backlash and criticism is 'unfair' that she's being 'slammed' for something she's not the only one doing. "Victoria's telling friends that despite her birthday, it's been the 'worst week'," reported an insider to The Sun.

"She doesn't think it's fair she's getting slammed for something a lot of companies and businesses are doing. She thinks it's unfair and had no idea the backlash would be this bad."