English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran revealed the reason why he took a year-long hiatus from the music industry and the public: substance abuse.
The “Dive” singer admitted his personal battle as a guest on “The Jonathan Ross Show,”a British talk show airing via E! News.
“I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to [fame], 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,” he told host Jonathan Ross.
After the 2016 Grammy Awards, Sheeran famously ditched his phone and went on a self-imposed social media blackout to pull himself together.
“I didn’t really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening. 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 [I took] a year off.”
The 26-year-old singer has opened up about his heavy drinking in the March 2017 Rolling Stone cover story but this is the first time he ever mentioned of a problem with abuse of an unspecified substance.
It was his frequent songwriting partner, Johnny McDaid, that waved the red flag after running into each other at a Hollywood show in 2015.
“He was just go, go, go. I sat him down and said, ‘Look, man. Please have all the fun in the world but be careful because if that elastic snaps, it could take a long time to recover from it,” McDaid said.
Sheeran said music helped him curb his bad habits and stay on track.
“The more I worked, the less [that happened]. I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am, and you can’t lose that over something that you do in your spare time,” he shared.
He also credits his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, for being ‘someone to balance me out’ and helping him stay grounded.
Sheeran first rose to fame in 2011 with his debut single The A Team which is about a prostitute addicted to cocaine, a drug classified as Class A with the likes of heroin. It was based on the stories he heard after visiting a homeless shelter when he was 18 years old. The line, “She’s in the Class A team,” was his way to mask the heavy subject matter.
He is set to perform in his concert on November 7 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
We wish you well, Teddy!
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