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Ed Sheeran Channels Pain From Wife’s Tumor And Best Friend’s Death On New Album Ed Sheeran has new music on the way, and the emotional pain in his personal life influenced his new album.

Sheeran’s long-awaited new album, ‘Subtract’, will be hitting shelves on May 5, and he explained the creative journey that the album took over the past few years.  “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,” Sheeran shared in his statement. “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.”  “Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumor, 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,” Sheeran reflected. “I was spiraling through fear, depression, and anxiety. Writing songs is my therapy.”

Can you personally relate to anything that Sheeran has experienced these last few years?