Ed Sheeran was recently forced to cancel several tour dates after breaking both his arms when he was hit by a car while cycling.
However, the “Thinking Out Loud” singer reveals that after the accident his first stop wasn’t the ER — it was a nearby pub.
“I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib. I came off a bike quite fast, a bicycle, a pedal bike,” Sheeran told U.K. TV host Jonathan Ross during an appearance on his show, reports Mail Online.
“The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub,” he continued. “Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital.”
During the interview, Sheeran also revealed why he took a year-long hiatus just as his career was taking off into the stratosphere.
“I didn’t really have any growing up time into getting famous. All the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly like, substance abuse,” he told Ross.
“I never touched anything. I started slipping into it and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off,” he added.
“I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am and you can’t lose that over something that you do in your spare time. I didn’t really notice it was happening. It just started gradually happening and then some people took me to one side and were like, ‘Calm yourself down,'” Sheeran continued.
“It’s all fun to begin with, it all starts off as a party and then you’re doing it on your own and it’s not so that was a wake up call and taking a year off. I’ve rekindled with a girl I went to high school with and we live together now and I think that was a real help grounding me. I was a 25-year-old in the music industry on tour so I just needed someone to balance me out.”
His decision to cancel shows while he recuperates, Sheeran explained, is something of a no-brainer.
“I do a one-man show so me not having my arms is half of the show, so I’ve had to postpone a couple of shows which sucks. It’s actually the first time I’ve ever cancelled shows,” he said. “I tried to say I’ll carry on doing the shows but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play [guitar] again so it’s good to be sensible.”
Sheeran also joked about his clumsiness, admitting he’s suffered his share of ridiculous accidents in recent years.
“I’m quite a clumsy guy anyway… It’s come more since I’ve found success,” Sheeran admitted. “I remember before a show in 2013 I had to have 12 stitches in my hand because I was playing drums with two beer bottles at about four o’clock in the morning and smashed my hand. Then I put my foot in a boiling geyser in Iceland, I had my face cut open, I’m a very clumsy person.”