Ed out of the Game

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by CHARLES WADE PALMER charles.wade­palmer@dai­lystar.co.uk

ED Sheeran will not re­turn for the Game Of Thrones fi­nalé af­ter ad­mit­ting his ap­pear­ance in the se­ries was a dis­as­ter.

And the Shape Of You star wishes his char­ac­ter had been killed off.

Ed was ridiculed for the four-minute scene where he played a singing sol­dier who chat­ted with Arya Stark.

But the 27-year-old chart top­per said of last year’s cameo: “I know what Game Of Thrones fans hoped hap­pened to my char­ac­ter.

“I’m sure they think my char­ac­ter got bru­tally, bru­tally murdered, but I think my char­ac­ter is still out there.

“I think he’s chillin’. It was fun be­ing in Game Of Thrones, but I def­i­nitely think they should’ve killed me off in the episode.

“I reckon that prob­a­bly would have been the re­demp­tion for peo­ple that didn’t like it.”

The eighth and last se­ries will be shown next year.

A PRI­MARY school teacher ditched her job for a glo­be­trot­ting life swing­ing from ceil­ings in front of crowds of thou­sands.

Haylee Martin, 30, took a gamble of a life­time when she called time on teach­ing and a steady in­come to follow her dreams.

She now wows crowds with her amaz­ing strength and flex­i­bil­ity un­der her stage name Haylee-Ann. Haylee, right, from Wim­borne in Dorset, said: “My friends thought I was crazy.

“It def­i­nitely was a gamble.

I left teach­ing with­out the guar­an­tee of a job and with a lot to learn.

“All I knew was that I was will­ing to work ex­tremely hard to re­alise my dream.” Haylee took part in gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tions as a child but never had the con­fi­dence to take it fur­ther. She missed out on chal­leng­ing for Olympic medals but did get to demon­strate her ac­ro­batic skills at Lon­don 2012. Haylee, who was 24 when she stopped teach­ing, said: “Per­form­ing in front of 20,000 peo­ple in the O2 Arena at the Olympics is a par­tic­u­lar high­light of my ca­reer so far, and an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I will never for­get.

“It was my dream to per­form on an in­ter­na­tional stage and I’ve achieved that nu­mer­ous times over.

“I’m re­ally happy and proud that I was able to make my dreams a re­al­ity.”

Twist­ing from a swing­ing hoop and hang­ing by her an­kles in mid-air are just a cou­ple of jaw-drop­ping skills Haylee has taken over­seas in a va­ri­ety of pro­duc­tions. She added: “From tour­ing the US and per­form­ing in huge are­nas, to cruis­ing around ex­otic lo­ca­tions and meet­ing some amaz­ing peo­ple from all over the world, I re­ally feel so lucky.”

Haylee is now hop­ing to kick-start a side ca­reer, too.

She said: “I’m as­pir­ing to com­pete as a bikini fit­ness athlete soon, so I’m prep­ping my body for a pos­si­ble physique show in the next few months.”


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