AceShowbiz - Ed Sheeran opened up about major events in his life while announcing a new installment of his mathematical albums. The British chart-topping singer posted on Twitter a diary entry in which he shared that "-" (pronounced as "Substract") musically reflects his "deepest, darkest thoughts" while revealing major events in his life.
"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," Ed began sharing in the Wednesday, March 1 post.
He mentioned that "writing songs is my therapy" and "it helps me make sense of my feelings." The "Perfect" hitmaker added, "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."
In his diary, he also revealed that his wife Cherry Seaborn was diagnosed with tumor when she was pregnant with their second child. "Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth," he shared.
He later referred to music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, who died in February last year at the age of 31, and plagiarism lawsuit involving his song "Shape of You". "My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter," he noted.
"I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air," the "Shape of You" crooner admitted.
Concluding his message, Ed wrote, "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."
"-" (pronounced as Substract)" is set for release on May 5.