Ed Sheeran reveals wife’s health battle and best friend’s death left him ‘spiralling through fear and depression’ | The Sun

ED Sheeran has revealed his wife's secret health battle and the death of his best friend sent his life spiralling into depression.

The pop star poured his pain into upcoming new album Subtract, which Ed says contains his "darkest thoughts".

Today, for the first time, he opened up about wife Cherry having a tumour while pregnant as he announced the new record.

Around the same time Cherry's lump was discovered, Ed's closest friend Jamal Edwards died unexpectedly, aged just 31.

Discussing how the events changed his life, Ed said:  “I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be.

"Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art.


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“Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out.

"And in just over a week, I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts.

“Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth.

“My best friend Jamal [Edwards], a brother to me, died suddenly and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety.

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“I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air.”

Ed continued: “As an artist I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life.

"This album is purely that. It’s opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life.

“This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.”

Subtract will complete Ed's mathematical-themed album title cycle, which began a decade ago with Plus, when it's released on May 5.

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