Ed Sheeran opened up about a very difficult year in his life.
The 32-year-old singer is giving fans a peek at his private life in the new Disney+ documentary, Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All. In a trailer, Ed shared about his wife’s impact on his life. The two have two daughters, Lyra, 2, and Jupiter, 10 months.
He said, “Everything in my life got so much better when Cherry got into it. I got married, and I’m a dad who has two daughters.”
But life’s no bed of roses for the two. Everything changed after Cherry was diagnosed with a tumor while she was still pregnant with Jupiter. She needed to undergo surgery after giving birth.
The couple is known for keeping their family life private. It wasn’t until May last year that they announced welcoming their second born, Jupiter. A month later, Cherry had a successful surgery to remove her tumor.
While he was dealing with his wife’s health concern, Ed was also suffering from a personal loss. His best friend and music entrepreneur, Jamal Edwards, passed away suddenly at 31.
Ed credited Jamal for helping him launch his career. He said in the trailer for his four-part docuseries, “You have to wait for one person to be like, ‘That’s great,’ And for me, it was Jamal.”
Aside from dealing with Jamal’s death and Cherry’s diagnosis, Ed also had to deal with a copyright infringement lawsuit, which he won. Everything was too much for him to take. He said, “The loss, it just took over my life.”
The Grammy winner turned to music. Writing new songs served as an outlet for his emotions. In May 5, he’ll release his latest album, Subtract.
According to his Instagram post, Ed revealed he’s been guarded of his personal life. He also mentioned that the only documentary he had ever made focused on his songwriting. He shared, “Disney approached me to make a four-part documentary on the making of my next album Subtract. Initially the documentary was just that, a documentary on the formation of an album.”
However, some unexpected things happened. He explained, “But, as my life took a few twists and turns, the subject matter of the album changed, and so did the documentary. It became something completely different to what I thought it would be.”
He continued, “I wanted to provide context to the album as it touches on very personal things, that we all experience. I knew if I made a documentary, I would want to put my trust in the hands of the director, so it wouldn’t be sculpted by me, and was actually an accurate reflection of who I am, even if it’s uncomfortable to watch.”