Ed Sheeran is "ready" to be a father.

Ed Sheeran during Beats 1 Radio interview

Ed Sheeran during Beats 1 Radio interview

The 25-year-old singer - who is currently in a relationship with his former school friend Cherry Seaborn - has admitted he's "wanted to be a dad" for the past year, and is ready to start having "chubby babies".

When asked if he was excited to become a dad in the future, the 'Castle on the Hill' hitmaker said: "Massively, yeah. I wanted to be a dad, like, last year. I'm ready, let's go - tour bus babies, little fat, chubby babies that just walk around."

And the flame haired singer - who returned to the music scene earlier this month after a year-long hiatus - says he'll take an "extended break" when he does start a family.

He added: "When they hit four or five and start primary school, I'm just out. I think [Bruce] Springsteen took an extended break when his kids went to school. I think that's going to be me. I want to set up a little studio in the countryside and have new artists come down."

The 'Shape of You' songwriter also revealed he believes hockey player Cherry - whom he has been dating since 2015 - could be the one he starts his family with, as his break from music gave him the chance to "fall in love properly" with the beauty.

He told Zane Lowe during an interview on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio: "This has been the first time I've ever actually had the time to fall in love properly.

"I've always got into relationships very passionate - I'm a redhead and also Irish. But then I will get in a relationship and go on tour for 18 months and everything will f**k up. And I'm like, 'Oh, what happened?' But it's because I had no time to put into someone."