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Ed Sheeran clarifies his song ‘Small Bump’ is not pro-life

The song is actually about a miscarriage.


Tess Cagle


Published May 19, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 3:23 pm CDT

Ed Sheeran has had to come forward and clarify that his song, “Small Bump,” is about a miscarriage his friend experienced and was not intended to serve as pro-life rhetoric.

“Small Bump” was reportedly played by anti-abortion activists campaigning in Dublin, probably because the lyrics include the line, “cause you were just a small bump unborn for four months then torn from life,” and it explores the life the unborn baby could have had if it had been born.  


Sheeran distanced himself from the protesters, however, and commented in an Instagram post.

“I’ve been informed that my song ‘Small Bump’ is being used to promote the pro-life campaign,” Sheeran said, “and I feel it’s important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about.”

Fans and critics on Twitter had a mixed reaction to Sheeran’s comments. While some came to his defense and said the protesters should have sought his approval before using his song, others argued that Sheeran should have seen this coming.





Ireland will vote on May 25 in a referendum whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment of its constitution, which bans abortion in almost all circumstances.

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*First Published: May 19, 2018, 1:35 pm CDT