Ed Sheeran has reportedly revealed a past of substance abuse, which ultimately resulted in him taking a year off from music.
Although Ed Sheeran was noticeably absent from the spotlight for quite some time, everyone just assumed the pop star was laying low, working on a followup to his wildly successful 2014 album x (multiply). Years later, he certainly brought forth his best work with ÷ (divide) — but Ed Sheeran’s reality after riding the waves of sudden fame was much darker than he let on.
Speaking on his personal rise to fame, Sheeran said:
“I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it — and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour. And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse.”
“It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not, so that was a wake-up call and taking a year off.”
We’re so glad Sheeran seems to be back on track. Tune in for The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday to hear the singer’s full account.