People: Sheeran acknowledges marriage to longtime galpal; Novelist David Baldacci donates $1M to Mark Twain House; David Bromberg fears break-up of violin collection

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Sheeran confirms marriage to gal pal

Ed Sheeran has confirmed for the first time that he and long-time girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are married.

British media reported the pair wed before Christmas in front of about 40 friends and family.

In an interview with broadcaster Charlamagne Tha God to promote his album "No. 6 Collaborations Project," Sheeran talked about how he wrote the song "Remember the Name," which refers to "my wife."

The 28-year-old British singer-songwriter said, "I knew that we'd be married by the point that the song came out."

Sheeran and Seaborn, 26, met at primary school in eastern England and announced their engagement in 2018.

Novelist gifts $1M to Mark Twain home

The historic home in Hartford where Mark Twain and his family once lived has received a $1 million gift from bestselling novelist David Baldacci and his wife.

The Mark Twain House & Museum says the gift is expected to support new initiatives including writing programs and more appearances by authors.

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Baldacci, who's published 38 books, has served on the board of trustees of the Twain House since 2012.

Baldacci tells the Hartford Courant that he's a huge fan of Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, and has read everything he ever wrote.

Clemens lived in the Hartford home from 1874 to 1891.

Musician fears huge violin collection must be split up

David Bromberg, a master of stringed-instrument Americana, says a deal to sell his massive collection of historic violins to the Library of Congress has fallen through.

The singer-songwriter and session musician has compiled a collection of 263 historic American violins over the years, and at 73, was hoping to sell it intact for $1.7 million as his retirement plan.

Now he fears the collection will have to be broken up and sold separately.

The Delaware News journal reports that the Library of Congress announced in 2016 that it would buy the collection Bromberg spent 50 years curating. Bromberg said library officials told him they now have other priorities.

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                                                                       — The Associated Press


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