Famous singer Ed Sheeran made an unexpected revelation. The star said that he had been dealing with substance abuse. Apparently, this is the reason why he decided to take a year off in 2016. The star talked about his struggle with drug abuse during an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show.
Luckily, Ed addressed the issue. “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,” the famous singer said. “I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off,” Ed went on to explain.
The star also confessed that he cannot work while being under the influence, and this is why working helped him a lot to overcome the struggle. “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,” the star explained.
Ed also confessed that he did not realize what was happening and that he was starting to develop an issue. “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 claimed.
Ed also made a sweet revelation. The star said that not only his work helped him, but his girlfriend Carrie Seaborn also offered him a lot of support and helped him stay sober. Ed also revealed during his interview that he and his girlfriend are currently living together.