Ed Sheeran Covers Justin Bieber Co-Write 'Love Yourself,' Jokes About Sword Incident at First Show of 2016

Ed Sheeran has been laying low for most of 2016, but he came out of hiding on Wednesday night (Nov. 30) for appearance at the East Anglian Children's Hospice gala. During a 45-minute acoustic set, the "Thinking Out Loud" singer he joked about getting his face slashed open by a member of the royal family and debuted his version of "Love Yourself," which he co-wrote with Justin Bieber.

According to BBC News, Sheeran took the stage at the Natural History Museum in London to play a 45-minute acoustic set -- his first public show since last December -- and told the crowd, "This is the first time I've done a show in a year, so please bear with me... It's nice to be back." He then joked about the much-reported incident with Princess Beatrice, which allegedly left him needing 25 stitches after his face was cut when the royal nicked him while pretending to knight singer James Blunt at a party. "Hung out with Japanese people... got my face cut open. Anyone read about that?" Sheeran asked.

Before starting his "Love Yourself" cover, Sheeran admitted to the (extremely lucky) crowd, "I'll probably never play it again, but I just want to play it once." 

Along with the Bieber tune, Sheeran played hits including "Thinking Out Loud," "Sing," "I See Fire" and "The A Team." He also donated a drum kit for a global auction which raised more than $3,300 for the charity, helping the event raise more than $278,000 in total.

Check out a clip of "Love Yourself" as well as most of Sheeran's set below. (For "Love Yourself" in the YouTube video, start at 4:30.)

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