Ed Sheeran has opened up about his struggle with binge eating and excessive drinking, blaming his “addictive personality”.
The 29-year-old singer spoke candidly about how his hectic touring schedule at the height of his fame affected his health, in an interview with American self-help book publisher Hay House.
Sheeran said his routine saw him drink until the early hours of the morning after a show, and sleep on the tour bus during the day until his next performance.
“I didn’t see sunlight for, like, maybe like four months,” he said.
“It’s all fun and games at the start, then it starts getting just sad. So I think that’s probably the lowest that I’ve been and I kind of ballooned.
“I felt, ‘What was the point?’ In a dark way, like, ‘Why am I around? What is the point?’”
The Shape of You singer said he read Elton John’s autobiography and recognised many of the overindulgences the pop legend wrote about.
“I have a very addictive personality,” Sheeran said.
“I’m reading Elton John’s book at the moment and there are so many things that he did that I do.
“He would be like, ‘I would just go on an ice cream binge and eat four f…… desserts until I throw it up’, and I was like, ‘I’ve done that before’.
“Or his martini binges, where he sees how many he can drink. And I’m like, ‘I’ve done that before too’.”
He continued: “I’m covered in tattoos and I kind of don’t do things by halves so if I’m gonna drink, I see no point in having a glass of wine. I’d rather have two bottles.”
In December, Sheeran announced he would be taking a break from music, performing and social media. He said had been using his time off to make positive changes in his life and diet, with the help of his wife Cherry.
“They used to call me ‘Two-Dinner Teddy’ because I used to order two meals and eat them,” he said.
”Then you start putting on loads of weight and start hating the way you look. But eating healthy food makes you feel great.
“A salad is not something to be scared of.”