Ed Sheeran’s fame has had severe consequences on his personal relationships.
The “Antisocial” singer opened up about his crippling anxiety in a new interview with The Sun. His struggles with fame have worsened following the international success of his 2017 single “Shape of You”.
“What instantly cuts me off is that you’re having a moment with them which is so genuine and so nice and then at the end they ask for a picture,” he shared. “Like if I am eating in a restaurant now, I would prefer to have a private room because if I eat in the public room I have people filming me while I’m eating my food.”
He said the constant photographing “makes me feel like I’m not human” and more like a “zoo animal.” Sheeran understands that it is part of the cost of fame, but it does not make it any easier. “I have a cool job and life. But I just want to avoid that,” he expressed. “With all these people all around, I’m crippled with anxiety, But I’m told it’s where I’m supposed to be.”
The anxiety has gotten so severe Sheeran has cut down his social circle and only goes on tour with his four closest friends. He often fears the people around him are primarily interested in his fame.
Sheeran, 28, even battles with doubts about his marriage to consultant Cherry Seaborn, 27. He regularly wakes up next to her and wonders “why the f*** are you with me?” considering her to be “out of my league.” Fortunately, his longtime significant other often reassures him of her love.
The four-time Grammy winner recently released his collaborative album No.6 Collaborations Project, which features Justin Bieber, Cardi B, Eminem, Camila Cabello, and more.