In a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday, Ed Sheeran unveiled the thrilling announcement of his upcoming album, “Subtract,” set to be released in May.
Within the candid post, Ed shared the intricate journey of bringing his new record to life. A poignant revelation unfolded as he disclosed that his wife, Cherry Seaborn, had received a distressing diagnosis of a tumor during her pregnancy with their second child, Jupiter.
Elaborating on the creative process, Ed revealed that he had devoted over a decade to crafting the album, only to discard it and rewrite it in a week, driven by the impact of various devastating life events.
“In the span of a month, my pregnant wife faced the news of a tumor, with no treatment options until after the birth,” Ed wrote. The somber tone continued as he mentioned the sudden death of his best friend, Jamal, describing him as a brother. The emotional toll led Ed through a tumultuous journey of fear, depression, and anxiety, feeling like he was submerged, desperately trying to break through for a breath of air.
Describing the profound impact of these tragic events on “Subtract,” Ed expressed, “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.”
Ed’s fans flooded the comments section with messages of support, expressing their hopes for Cherry’s recovery and the couple’s path towards healing.
Cherry welcomed their second daughter, Jupiter, in May 2022, a joyous occasion Ed shared with the world through a photo of tiny socks. While the couple has chosen to keep their children, including their firstborn, Lyra Antarctica, out of the public eye, the announcement of Jupiter’s arrival was met with overwhelming love from fans.
Ed refrained from providing further details about Cherry’s tumor, leaving room for optimism and well-wishes for her full recovery post childbirth.