Ed Sheeran revealed on “the Jonathan Ross Show” Saturday that he has struggled with substance abuse.
He said,“I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to fame, 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.”
Before he released his album in March, Ed went on a year long hiatus to clear his head. He got rid of his cell phone and went on social media blackout.
Ed said, "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. 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.”
It took some time for Ed to realize he had a problem.
He said,“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 I took a year off."
Ed gave credit to his girlfriend for helping him kick his bad habits and for balancing him out.