Ed Sheeran's Real-Life Uncle Is the Mobster Robert De Niro Plays in "The Irishman "

November 11, 2019

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Ed Sheeran, mafia nephew? It seems the character Robert De Niro plays in Martin Scorsese's new movie The Irishman is related to everyone's favorite British pop star. "They’re related, you know. Honest to God--I swear on my nana’s life," Irishman castmember Stephen Graham told The Sun last week about the singer and Irish-American mobster Frank Sheeran. "That’s what Ed said; he says it’s his distant uncle." Graham added that Sheeran discussed the mobster with Graham when they met a few months ago. Graham also says the movie is "based on true events, on Frank Sheeran. Before he passed away, he gave all this information to a ­journalist who turned it into a book.” That book, by the way, is titled I Heard You Paint Houses--because Frank was infamous for splattering his victims' blood on walls. The Irishman is in theaters now and arrives on Netflix on November 27.