Ed Sheeran announces new album, reveals his wife’s cancer during pregnancy
Ed Sheeran only announced a new album hits streams and stores on May 5th, but takes its inspiration from some of the darkest days of the struggle.
The British singer’s latest post talks about the many challenges he and his family have faced in the past year, and how his new album ‘Subtract’ is ‘something honest and true about where I am in my adult life’.
Ed Sheeran says ‘subtraction’ is his ‘deepest, darkest thoughts’
In an Instagram post, the 32-year-old singer explained how he spent years working on his latest and soon-to-be-released album. Just like his previous albums ‘+’, ‘x’ and ‘÷His latest album is another math sign, ‘-‘ and pronounced ‘Subtraction’.
Sheeran wrote: “I’ve been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to create the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs, with a clear idea of what I wanted it to be. Then, in early 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I view music and art.”
Sheeran also explained how songwriting is cathartic for him and poured his heart out about his latest album, saying: “Songwriting is my therapy. It helps me understand my feelings. I wrote without thinking about what the songs would be, I just wrote what came out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade of work with my darkest thoughts.”
Ed Sheeran talks about wife’s cancer and copyright dispute
Sheeran then mentioned everything he had to deal with, including his wife Cherry Seaborn, who had cancer when she was pregnant with their second child. The “Bad Habits” singer wrote: “Within a month, my pregnant wife was told she had cancer and it couldn’t be treated after she gave birth.”
After he and his wife had their first child, daughter Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran, in August 2020, Cherry became pregnant again in 2021. Fortunately for the singer and his wife, the health problems seemed to have been resolved by now, as their second daughter was born. , Jupiter Seaborn Sheeran earlier in 2022.
Sheeran also mentioned a loss, writing: “My best friend Jamal, my brother, passed away suddenly…”
Finally, the copyright lawsuit over the lyrics to Sheeran’s hit “Shape of You” seems to have taken a toll on him, as he mentioned, “I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and my songwriting career.”
Sheeran was later cleared at trial and celebrated his victory by saying, “I feel like claims like this are too common and it’s become a culture where lawsuits are made with the idea that a settlement will be cheaper than going to court. , even if there is no basis for the claim. This is really detrimental to the songwriting industry. There are only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music. Chances are bound to happen when 60,000 songs appear on Spotify every day. That’s 22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes are available.”
The singer wrote about how all of this and more got him through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, I was falling headfirst under the surface, I looked up, but I couldn’t break through for air.”
Fans sympathized with him with kind words like:
“I cried reading your 2022 story… I really hope your girls are well and recovering ❤️🩹 I look forward to your creations, although this one really hit me this morning. You’ll never read this, but your music means a lot to me.”
Fans can’t wait for his musical magic to happen
Ed Sheeran concluded his post by saying, “As an artist, I didn’t feel like I could authentically put out work that didn’t accurately reflect where I was and how I needed to express myself at this point. my life. This album is just that.”
With songs like ‘Dusty’, ‘Curtains’, ‘Salt Water’, ‘End of Youth’, ‘Borderline’ and ‘Life Goes On’, fans can sense that this is not going to be an easy album, as they wrote: ‘In the absence of words . Thanks Ed for opening up to us 💛 I think this album won’t be easy for all of us, but I’m really excited.”
As always, fans and followers of Ed Sheeran are eagerly awaiting the May 5 release, with Sheeran continuing to say that this album “opens the trapdoor to my soul. For the first time, I’m not trying to make an album that people will like, I’m just putting out something that’s honest and true to where I’m at in my adult life. This is the journal entry from last February and my way of interpreting it. This is the subtraction.”