In a recent interview overseas, Ed Sheeran has opened up about his struggles with his mental health over the years.
"I get anxiety every day." Ed began.
"It creeps up on you. I’ve been working on it for eight years and I closed off from reality."
"Whether it’s getting rid of your phone or only looking at emails twice a day. Or cutting down my friendship group to the bare minimum just so I can trust everyone."
Ed admitted that his rapid rise to fame left him feeling a bit cut off from the 'real world'.
"I have social anxiety. I don’t like large groups of people, which is ironic given I play shows to thousands of people."
"I feel claustrophobic and I don’t like being around many people. I have no problem with talking to people. But it’s when people film me and stare at me. It makes me feel weird.
"You feel like a zoo animal. I don’t mean to complain, I have a cool job and life. But I just want to avoid that.”
Ed Sheeran added that his mental health worsened after the release of his song 'Shape of You'. He cut down on friends and chose to lead a more private life to help balance his life.
"All of these things are in place to protect my mind and it’s working, I think."
Thankfully it seems that Ed has got a solid plan with his friends, family and his wife for taking care of his mental health.