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In his new album announcement post, on Thursday, Ed Sheeran revealed his wife Cherry Seaborn was diagnosed with a tumour during her pregnancy.

By Daphne Clarance: Ed Sheeran announced his new album, Subtract, on Thursday and revealed details about the process that went into making the upcoming project. In a set of three posts on Instagram, the Photograph singer said while he had a clear vision of how his album would be sculpted, however, several things changed in his life at the start of 2022 that swerved the path of his writing process.

“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,” the singer started his post.

While writing songs is like “therapy” for him, he added that his decade’s worth of work was soon swapped with his “deepest darkest thoughts”.

He also divulged the difficult phase he went through within a month when his wife Cherry Seaborn, who was pregnant with their second child, was diagnosed with a tumour, followed by the death of his best friend Jamal.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, who married in January 2019, have two kids – Lyra and Jupiter.

“Within the space of 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 spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air,” Ed revealed.

Describing his new album as “opening the trapdoor into my soul”, Ed shared that this is the first time he is not trying to “craft an album people will like” but instead, putting something out that’s “honest and true to where I am in my adult life.”

In another post, Ed shared a teaser of the album unveiling the tracklist of Subtract. “My new album Subtract will be out on 5th May 2023. You can pre-order it now,” he wrote.

In a third post, the Grammy-winning artist announced that he is playing some shows in the UK and other European countries.

He also talked about collaborating with Aaron Dessner, who has co-written and co-produced singer Taylor Swift’s 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore. Calling it the “most incredible process”, Ed said that he put together the album by using Aaron’s instruments.

Ed Sheeran last released his album, Equal, in 2021. His previous albums have been named – Plus (2011), Multiply (2014), and Divide (2017). Subtract will release on May 5.

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