Singer Ed Sheeran recently revealed that his wife was diagnosed with a tumor while she was pregnant but chose not to pursue treatment until she gave birth to the baby.
The 32-year-old discussed the situation while speaking about his new album, “Subtract.”
“At the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art,” Sheeran shared on Instagram.
The British singer went on to describe how writing songs is his “therapy” and how his latest album includes his “deepest darkest thoughts.”
“Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumor, with no route to treatment until after the birth. 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,” the “Shape of You” composer continued.
“I was spiraling 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 Grammy award-winner said the new album represents “opening the trapdoor” into his 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,” he told social media followers.
Sheeran and his wife of four years, Cherry Seaborn, have two daughters: Lyra was born in August 2020, while Jupiter joined the family in May 2022. The couple is notoriously private about their relationship and family life.
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The “Perfect” singer previously discussed how fatherhood changed his perspective.
“I just found that I really didn’t have purpose outside of [music] because when I was giving myself fixed time of no work, I wasn’t doing anything I enjoyed because I love doing music,” Sheeran said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “And [being a dad] has actually given me purpose and something in life that’s actually more important than my job.”
The singer’s new album is due out on May 5.