Ed Sheeran Shares Wife’s Tumor Diagnosis Along with New Album ‘Subtract’
Ed Sheeran is back with his latest mathematical album, Subtract. Unfortunately, it coincides with his wife’s tumor diagnosis.
Sheeran announced in a press release that it will cover a difficult period that urged him to reflect on his “deepest, darkest thoughts.”
Sadly, his pregnant wife, Cherry Seaborn, found that she had a tumor “with no route to treatment after the birth.”
More details about Ed Sheeran’s Album and Wife
Ed Sheeran has announced he will be releasing 'Subtract' on May 5, the final foray into his mathematically-themed album era https://t.co/BtQvCPqE6S
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) March 1, 2023
The artist explained on Wednesday, “I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album,…”
“… writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be. Then, at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life…”
“…my mental health, and ultimately, the way I viewed music and art,” Ed Sheeran stated. He continued, “Writing songs is my therapy.”
“It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be. I just wrote whatever tumbled out.”
“And in just over a week, I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest, darkest thoughts.”
“Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumor, with no route to treatment until after the birth,” Sheeran said.
He and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, welcomed their second child in May 2022. He also shared more issues troubling him:
“My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly. I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter.”
“I was spiraling through fear, depression, and anxiety,” added the musician, referring to a plagiarism lawsuit concerning his song “Shape of You.”
Moreover, Ed Sheeran explained these factors inspired him to create an album that represented these experiences:
“It’s opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time, I’m not trying to craft an album people will like.”
“I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life. This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract,” the singer said.
He will launch the album on May 5, 2023, but it is now available for preorder.