He said he questioned his career as he struggled to adjust to the demands of fame and the pressure of being a world famous pop star, leading him to overeat and drink. until he vomits.
Ed said his life had comparisons to Elton John’s early brushstrokes with fame, when he turned to food and alcohol to help him cope.
Sheeran said, “I have a very addictive personality. Very, very addictive personality.
“I’m reading Elton John’s book right now and there is so much he has done and am doing.
“He was like, ‘I’d just binge on ice cream and eat four fucking desserts until I throw it up,’ and I’m like ‘I’ve done that before.’
“Or his martini fits, where he sees how much he can drink. And I’m like, ‘I’ve done this before’.
“He ends up getting really sad and depressed and all of those things can add to that. “
Ed said he has since learned to live in moderation, but found it difficult to stick to that belief.
He praised his wife Cherry, 28, for helping him improve his health before it became irreparable.
He continued, “I think things like sugar, sweets, junk food, cocaine, alcohol, it feels good the more you do, but it’s the worst thing for you, I think.
“I think with addiction it’s just really hard to moderate, but moderation is key.
Ed added, “I’m covered in tattoos and I don’t do things by halves, so if I’m going to drink I don’t see any point in having a glass of wine. I prefer to have two bottles.
“Having a glass of wine is consuming something in moderation and probably isn’t going to affect your day the next day. But two bottles of wine could probably make you pretty sad.
“And there’s only a limited number of movies you can watch and Monster Munch packs that you can eat.”
Speaking about his childhood, Ed revealed he wasn’t the most popular in school until he started singing and playing guitar.
Ed revealed, “I was just 11 and I saw Eric Clapton on TV and I was like ‘Yeah that looks cool’.
“I wasn’t much of a music lover when I was a kid. I went to high school and picked up a guitar.
“And then all of a sudden I started making new friends, having girlfriends, playing in bands and having fun.
“It made me feel good and I decided I wanted to do it as a job. I made alliances for a while, and it paid the rent. ”
Ed wanted a career in music, but he didn’t know he would become such a superstar.
He continued, “I just wanted to play music as a job. It snowballed and I started aiming for things and working harder.
“I don’t think anyone who wants to be famous ends up being famous. And when they do, they’re like, “It’s not as fun as I thought”.
“You come to Wembley and do it because that’s what you are aiming for. And then you finish it and you’re like, ‘What am I doing now?’ You’d think it would be ‘Aha, that’s it. I did it. Oh my God’. ”
Ed thinks it’s what you fail that gives you knowledge rather than what you are good at.
He added: You don’t learn anything from your accomplishments. You learn everything from your failures.
“I learned more from playing with one person in Exeter when no one else came to my concert in 2009 than I played at Wembley Stadium for four nights. ”
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