Ed Sheeran reveals he's been fighting substance abuse in private
I think every celebrity needs a public substance abuse announcement. At this point, I'm sure everyone's just dying to get it off their chest. The celebrity world is rife with alcohol and cocaine, no question, and who knows what other drugs. It comes as no surprise at all that wealth and fame comes with an enormous spiraling into decadent behavior. You're better off assuming that your favorite stars are on drugs than the reverse, these days.
Ed Sheeran has had a difficult week. Earlier in the week, he was impacted by a bicycle and suffered a broken arm. Now, limb in sling, he's come forth to say that he's suffered extreme temptations with drugs as a famous singer, which I'm sure comes with the territory. You're flying so high emotionally all the time, and so low in intervals, that drugs just fit the unpredictable nature of the profession.
Feel great? Get drunk. Feel terrible? Get drunk. You get the idea.
“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. I didn’t really have any growing up time into getting famous. All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse.”
I'm sure it's a common tale. Sheeran ought to have a talk with Bieber about it all.
“I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.”
Being sober for years and years, then dipping into drugs, is always a dangerous moment. For a totally new experience, it must feel like it's creeping into your life at the same time as the fame, and then the two become linked, and you can't remember what life was like before at all.
During his year off, Sheeran explains what he did with the time:
“I just focused on other things. 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].”
Indeed, working under the influence only works for a select few. For most people, drugs jumble up and make chaos out of your ideas. I'm sure you get a ton of original ideas when you get high. But how many of them do you actually organize, revise and execute? Exactly.
“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. 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.”
Sheeran says that he reconnected with a girl from high school, and that helped to ground him during this time of instability. Now they live together, and she's given his life a center of balance.
Right now, Sheeran's biggest problem is his arm. He said:
“I do a one-man show so me not having my arms is half the show, so I’ve had to postpone a couple of shows, which sucks. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever canceled shows.”