Ed Sheeran talks eating disorder battle amid pressures of stardom

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Ed Sheeran, 32, opened up about his struggles with eating disorders as he revealed he felt “fat” compared to other singers. The Shape Of You hitmaker admitted to binging on food and then having it “come up again”, relating to Sir Elton John – who has previously spoken about having bulimia.

Looking back on his collaborations with artists like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes, Ed said: “All these people have fantastic figures. And I was always like, ‘Well, why am I so . . . fat?’ ”

He continued: “So I found myself doing what Elton talks about in his book — gorging, and then it would come up again.”

Ed explained he felt “mad uncomfortable” talking about his eating issues “as a man” but said “it’s good to be honest”.

He added: “I have a real eating problem. I’m a real binge eater. I’m a binge everything.

“But I’m now more of a binge exerciser, and a binge dad. And work, obviously,” he added in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Ed’s candid confession comes after the Thinking Out Loud singer burst into tears in a new documentary, as he discussed wife Cherry Seaborn’s health woes.

The pop star’s wife was pregnant with their second child at the time she discovered she had cancer.

However, Cherry had to make the difficult decision to delay treatment until she’d welcomed daughter Jupiter into the world.

Ed relived the deeply emotional event tearfully in a new documentary, while he also revealed a song on his new album which is devoted to his late best friend, Jamal Edwards.

He admitted that initially the missing puzzle pieces in his life fell into place after meeting his wife.

“Everything in my life got so much better when Cherry came into it. I got married, I became a dad who has two daughters,” he reminisced proudly.

He later admitted that “loss just took over my life” when he was struggling to come to terms with fears of his wife’s mortality.

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The dad-of-two has recorded a four-part documentary series, The Sum Of It All, which will debut on Disney+ on May 3.

The normally composed star opened up on the “fear, depression and anxiety” he experienced while wife Cherry was carrying their second daughter, during a trailer for the show.

Ed’s thoughts will be interspersed with never before seen video footage of the pair, along with a snippet from a concert when he cried onstage.

The documentary series also addresses the painful loss he suffered when his best friend Jamal Edwards – the music producer who gave him his first big break in his career – died.

Jamal – the son of Loose Women star Brenda Edwards – also helped launch the careers of stars including Emeli Sande and Jessie J, but he is believed to have formed an especially close bond with Ed.

The singer revealed that the first single from his latest album, Subtract, was written in memory of Jamal, following his death by cardiac arrest, aged just 31.

He told his 42 million Instagram followers that Eyes Closed, which is due out later this week on March 24, was all about losing him.

“This song is about losing someone, feeling like every time you go out, you expect to just bump into them, and everything just reminds you of them and things you did together,” he explained.

“You sorta have to take yourself out of reality sometimes to numb the pain of loss, but certain things just bring you right back into it.”

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