Back when his Divide World Tour came to an end, Ed Sheeran announced that he’d be taking a well-deserved break from both music and touring.  Since the, Ed has been living his best life in London with his wife, Cherry … until now.  Hay House recently filmed a rare interview with Ed, and it’s where he got personal about anxiety and his life-long battle with addiction.

 

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9 million people, 893 days, 46 countries, 175 cities, 260 shows, 268 touring crew, 193265 miles travelled, 2 broken arms, 3 marriages, 4 babies. What a wild ride this Divide tour has been. The whole process of writing the album starting in 2015, then recording it in 2016, promoting it, setting out on the road to play it for all of you guys. It’s so weird to put it to bed and move on. Thank you to everyone involved in this whole Divide process, all the people who helped make the album, all the people who helped promote the album, all the fans who listened and came to watch, this wouldn’t be possible without you. Most of all I want to thank my fantastic touring team, who have given up their lives for 2 and a half years to help me achieve my dreams. Thank you for all of your hard work and constant friendship. The Divide tour – 2017 -2019. Officially the biggest tour of all time, so weird to say that, and we survived it !

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Ed begins, “I have a very addictive personality. Very, very addictive personality. I’m reading Elton John’s book at the moment and there are so many things that he did that I do. He would be like, ‘I would go on an ice cream binge and eat four f***ing desserts until I throw it up.’ And I was like, ‘I’ve done that before.’ Or his martini binges, where he sees how many he can drink. And I’m like, ‘I’ve done that before too.’ He ends up getting really f***ing sad and depressed and all of these things can add to that.”

 

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Ed continues, “I think things like sugar, sweet stuff, junk food, cocaine, alcohol, it feels good the more you do, but it’s the worst thing for you, I think,” he says. “I think with addiction, it’s just very hard to moderate, but moderation is the key. I’m covered in tattoos and I kind of don’t do things by halves so if I’m gonna drink, I see no point in having a glass of wine. I’d rather have two bottles.  Having a glass of wine is having something in moderation and probably isn’t going to affect your day the next day. But two bottles of wine probably might make you quite sad.”

 

On having anxiety, Ed reveals, “It’s such a weird existence living on tour because your life is on pause. Nothing really happens. Everything else goes on around you. So you’ll come back home and life has moved forward three years. Every day is a party because every day there’ll be a new person in the town you’re visiting that you haven’t seen for a while. When I go to Manchester, I see my friend Sophie. And when I’m in Glasgow, I see my mate Graham. So every day you’re drinking and it becomes normal. It was down to a bad diet, drinking and then not seeing sunlight at all. The buses would park underneath the arenas. Sleep on the bus all day and then wake up and then come out do the show, drink, get back on the bus. I didn’t see sunlight for, like, maybe like four months, and it’s all fun and games at the start, then it starts getting just sad. So I think that’s probably the lowest that I’ve been and I kind of ballooned.”

 

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Of course, his interview wouldn’t be complete without sharing some kind words about his wife, Cherry.  Ed explains how Cherry helped over the last few years with both addiction and healthier eating habits, “She eats quite healthily. So I started eating quite healthily with her. She doesn’t drink that much so I wasn’t drinking.”

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