Ed Sheeran has revealed that his wife, Cherry Seaborn, was diagnosed with a tumor during their second child’s pregnancy.
In a diary entry shared on Twitter on March 1 to launch his new album, Sheeran claimed a series of events at the beginning of last year affected his life, mental health, and the way he approaches music and art.
He wrote: “Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route for treatment until after the birth. My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter.
Jamal Edwards, a music business owner, died in February 2022 at the age of 31. His most recent Instagram post was a birthday greeting to his “brother,” Ed Sheeran.
In addition, musician Sami Switch accused Ed Sheeran of plagiarism, and the case moved to court. In 2022, Sheeran won the case.
Ed Sheeran wrote: “I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking but not being able to break through for air.”
Ed announced the release of his sixth studio album, Subtract, in the post, explaining it had been inspired by the personal tragedies he had faced.
He wrote: “Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts.”
The musician announced the birth of his second daughter in May 2022, writing that he and Cheery Seaborn were “so in love with her, and over the moon to be a family of 4.”
He has not commented further on his wife’s condition.