Ed Sheeran has opened up about his “very addictive personality”, as he revealed that he binged on junk food and alcohol.
The singer got candid in a rare interview, where he credited his wife Cherry for getting him through some dark patches.
“I think with addiction, it’s just very hard to moderate, but moderation is the key,” the 29-year-old admitted to a US self-help writer, according to The Sun.
“I’m reading Elton John’s book at the moment and there are so many things that he did that I do.”
“He would be like, ‘I would just go on an ice cream binge and eat four f***ing desserts until I throw it up’, and I was like, ‘I’ve done that before.'”
“Or his martini binges, where he sees how many he can drink. And I’m like, ‘I’ve done that before too’,” he added.
“He ends up getting really f***ing sad and depressed and all of these things can can add to that.”
“I think things like sugar, sweet stuff, junk food, cocaine, alcohol, it feels good the more you do, but it’s the worst thing for you, I think,” the songwriter admitted.
“Then you start putting on loads of weight and start hating the way you look. But eating healthy food makes you feel great.”
“I’m covered in tattoos and I kind of don’t do things by halves so if I’m gonna drink, I see no point in having a glass of wine. I’d rather have two bottles.”
“Having a glass of wine is having something in moderation and probably isn’t going to affect your day the next day. But two bottles of wine probably might make you quite sad.”
Ed also opened up about the impact fame had on his relationships with family and friends: “If you have success and you find money, everyone goes, ‘Ah must be great for you’. And that is what is not great because you then get people being weird.”
“I’ve had family members turn weird and friends fall out with me, and people stealing. Money is not the key to happiness and it causes so many problems if you have it.”
“Fame is an enhancer, but for everyone else’s insecurities. People look at you differently, people that you’d been friends with for years.”
Ed revealed that he was at his lowest during his 2014 180-date X Tour, which spanned 17 month: “It was down to a bad diet, drinking and then not seeing sunlight at all. The buses would park underneath the arenas.”
“Sleep on the bus all day and then wake up and then come out do the show, drink, get back on the bus. I didn’t see sunlight for, like, maybe like four months.”
“And it’s all fun and games at the start, then it starts getting just sad. So I think that’s probably the lowest that I’ve been and I kind of ballooned.”
“I felt, ‘What was the point?’ In a dark way, like, ‘Why am I around? What is the point?’” he added.
The singer admitted excessive use of social media negatively impacted on his mental health, causing his to take a break from it after his tour in 2015 and again since Christmas last year.
“Social media is a weird one because it is my job to be on it and to keep up with the times and appeal to younger generations. I was on my phone probably 19 hours of the day in 2015 and before that.”
“Just constantly, posting, flicking, posting, flicking, and it wasn’t till the tour ended in 2015 where I was like, ‘I’m just gonna try and live without my phone for a bit’.”
“People were texting the whole time and it just felt a lot of responsibility to either reply or meet up with them. For the first month I felt like a massive weight had been lifted.”
Ed opened up about his relationship with his wife Cherry, admitting she helped him through anxiety-induced panic attacks – including one at a restaurant in Italy during their first wedding anniversary celebrations.
“I remember as soon as I got into the restaurant, I was like, ‘Get me the f*** out of here’.
“And she said, ‘No one’s looking at you. No one wants anything. There’s just old people chilling, they’re having their coffees’.
“And then, after five minutes, everything was calm.”
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