Ed Sheeran has announced the dates for his upcoming UK and European tour starting March 23.
Ed Sheeran has announced dates following the announcement of his newest album, ‘Subtract,’ which is scheduled for release on May 5. The tour will begin on March 23 in Manchester, continue with two nights at London’s The O2 arena on March 24 and 25, then stop in Glasgow and Dublin on March 28 and March 30, and end in Paris on April 2.
The “Shape of You” singer also disclosed his wife Cherry Seaborn had to postpone her treatment after learning she had a tumour last year while pregnant with their second child.
Also, he described how his mental health deteriorated due to losing his close friend Jamal Edwards in February 2022 due to a cardiac attack he had experienced due to drug use.
“Within a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth. My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiraling through fear, depression, and anxiety,” Ed said.
“I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but unable to break through for air.”
The 32-year-old musician confessed that he had to replace an album in the works for ten years with his “deepest, darkest thoughts.”
”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 how I viewed music and art,” Ed said.
“Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thinking about the songs; I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade’s work with my deepest darkest thoughts…
“As an artist, I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life. This album is purely that. 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.’”