Ed Sheeran Reveals Secret Battle With Substance Abuse, Says It's the Reason He Took a Year Off



The 'Shape of You' hitmaker says, '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.'
Ed Sheeran opened up on the real reason why he took a hiatus in 2016. During his appearance on "The Jonathan Ross Show" with Rita Ora, Gordon Ramsey and Russell Howard, the "Shape of You" hitmaker revealed that he had struggled with substance abuse.

"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 said. "I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that's why I took a year off and buggered off."

"I focused on work, and I can't work under the influence, I can't write songs under the influence, I can't perform under the influence - so 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 added.

"I didn't really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening, and then some people took me to one side and were like, 'Calm yourself down'... 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," he continued.

The 26-year-old British singer also credited his girlfriend Carrie Seaborn for helping him stay sober. "We live together now, and I think that was a real help grounding me. I was a 25 year old in the music industry on tour so I just needed someone to balance me out," he explained.

During the interview, Sheeran additionally discussed his injuries that led to cancellation of his tour dates. He initially planned to go ahead with the shows, but his doctors warned him that it would only make his injuries worse. "They said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play [guitar] again so it's good to be sensible," he said. "They are saying four weeks and then we'll look at it." He joked, "I do a one man show, so me not having my arms is half of the show."

"I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib," he revealed the extent of his injuries before detailing the accident. "I came off a bike quite fast, a bicycle, a pedal bike.I was in Suffolk [going down a really steep hill]. The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, 'That hurt' and then cycled to the pub. Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o'clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital."


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