British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran recently opened up about his struggles with depression and shared that his wife, Cherry Seaborn, was diagnosed with a tumour while pregnant with their second child. Sheeran took to Twitter on March 1 to share a diary entry where he talked about the events that changed his life, mental health, and how he views music and art.
According to the entry, within a month at the beginning of last year, Sheeran’s pregnant wife was diagnosed with a tumour, and his best friend, music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards, died suddenly at the age of 31. Additionally, Sheeran found himself in court defending his integrity and career as a songwriter after being accused of plagiarism by artist Sami Switch. Sheeran eventually won the case in 2022.
Sheeran expressed that he was spiralling through fear, depression, and anxiety after these events. He wrote, “I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking but not being able to break through for air.” The musician shared that writing songs was his therapy, which helped him make sense of his feelings.
In the same post, Sheeran announced the release of his sixth studio album, titled Subtract, which he explained was inspired by the personal tragedies he had faced. He wrote that he wrote songs without any thought of what they would be and that he replaced a decade’s worth of work with his deepest, darkest thoughts in just over a week.
While Sheeran has not commented further on his wife’s condition, he did announce the birth of their second daughter in May 2022, expressing that they were “so in love with her and over the moon to be a family of 4.”