For the Saturday episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Ed Sheeran revealed his struggle with substance abuse which he encountered shortly after coming into fame.
The entertainment industry isn’t as glamorous as it may seem sometimes as Sheeran noted: “I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it — 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…. I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.”
He described how all of it happened, and how he was able to get out of the bad situation he was in. Thankfully for the Grammy winner, he says music — and his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn — pulled him back from the darker side of fame.
Like many people including Sheeran, it’s quite easy to slip into bad habits, “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…”
In order for Sheeran to get out of his funk, he started to seriously focus on his work, “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.”