Ed Sheeran could be seen breaking down in tears as he opened up about the trauma he’s endured over the last few years in his new Disney+ docuseries.
Before finally receiving counselling, Ed Sheeran has said that there was a recent point in time when he no longer wanted to live.
Now, Ed Sheeran’s rise to fame was prolific. At the time, an extremely shy Sheeran was posting videos online when a rapper, Example, noticed his potential and invited him to tour with him.
Remarkably, Sheeran managed to climb to number 1 on the iTunes chart before ever signing to a record label.
The British singer won the hearts of the nation with his stripped-back vibe and captivating humbleness — he was just a normal guy and his guitar — something that people clearly loved.
In January 2011, the star released yet another EP as an independent artist, which smashed through the charts to number 2 — catching the eye of Atlantic Records, who Sheeran signed with the following month.
Songs such as 2012’s ‘The A-Team’, 2014’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’, and 2017’s ‘Shape of You’ have all earned Sheeran the title of multi-Grammy-award winning artist.
But there’s no doubt that Sheeran comes from humble beginnings. He was once a bullied ginger kid who had to overcome major obstacles to get to be one of the wealthiest and most internationally successful musicians in the UK.
At the age of just fourteen, he packed up his belongings and headed to London to officially launch his music career. But, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, in fact, quite the opposite.
The rising star remained determined in his dream to curate a successful music career for himself, playing small venues, producing his own music, and collaborating with other artists he met along the way.
His global stardom has seen him release 4 critically acclaimed studio albums as well as collaborating with other music sensations such as Beyoncé.
And after all that, he fell in love, later marrying his childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn.
Childhood pals Sheeran and Seaborn both attended Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Suffolk.
Although Sheeran admitted to having a crush on Seaborn, she went to study in America making their relationship pretty tricky.
However, she came back to the UK to live with him in December 2016, after they rekindled their romance in 2015.
And now they share two daughters, Lyra, 2, and Jupiter, 10 months. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the pair, as the singer has revealed in his new Disney+ documentary, that Seaborn was diagnosed with a tumour while she was pregnant with Jupiter.
Seaborn was unable to treat the tumour until after she gave birth, and this devastating news coincided with the death of Sheeran’s best friend Jamal Edwards, who helped him become the star he is today.
Clearly overwhelmed, Sheeran could be seen breaking down during the documentary while discussing the impact the news has had on him and his career.
Then, a clip of him crying on stage is also shown, with Cherry saying: “I’ve never seen him cry on stage.”
She adds: “He hasn’t had the time to process and be at peace with his thoughts.”
In the series, Sheeran also opens up about feeling so low he no longer wanted to live anymore.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone for the documentary, he remembered how he had been out to lunch with Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn while texting Edwards about their plans to make a video the next day.
“Twelve hours later, he was dead,” he said. “My best friend died. And he shouldn’t have done.”
This understandably caused Sheeran to hit a dark place in his life.
“I’ve always had real lows in my life,” he said. “But it wasn’t really till last year that I actually addressed it.”
“I felt like I didn’t want to live anymore,” he went on.
“And I have had that throughout my life.… You’re under the waves drowning. You’re just sort of in this thing. And you can’t get out of it.”
After Seaborn urged him to get help, he began therapy.
“No one really talks about their feelings where I come from,” Sheeran said.
“People think it’s weird getting a therapist in England.… I think it’s very helpful to be able to speak with someone and just vent and not feel guilty about venting. Obviously, like, I’ve lived a very privileged life. So my friends would always look at me like, ‘Oh, it’s not that bad.’”
Thankfully he sort out help and began to talk about his feelings.
The docuseries The Sum Of It All is set to come out on the 4th of May.