“I think the reason I took a break was [that] I would have responded with drinks or drugs,” he says. “You go down and try and make yourself feel better by surrounding yourself by people you don’t really know…It’s kinda my knee jerk reaction to something if I felt low I’d go out and make myself feel a lot better.”
Ed adds that at the time of his break in 2015, he was unhealthy.
“I got to the end of 2015 I was bloated, I was sweaty I was drinking loads of beer. I just looked unhealthy, I felt unhealthy. I wasn’t really enjoying anything. There was no sort of massive alarm bells,” he says.
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Ed went on to say that some people did notice, and they did say something, but not in the way he expected.
“People had words. People had words,” he says. “But no one had a stern word. People had a ‘watch yourself’ but not like we’re gonna put you in the prayer kind of thing. But people had side words.”
“All I needed was a year off to recharge and to know what actually mattered in life. You work out how to make yourself happy when you have the time to make yourself happy. I was literally house, to dressing room, dressing room to stage to hotel it was just constant and there’s no time for you to see what life’s about.”
Today, though, it’s all changed.
“Life for me at the moment is I’ll go from house to interview to interview to interview to interview and then I’ll get home and I hang out with my cats,” Ed shares. “I cook some food and I watch a movie or I watch some tv and then I go to bed. And that to me is happiness. My problem before was there was never any separation like I have loads of time off or I work loads there was no separation of it.”
“I really really learned from all my mistakes that I’ve made in the past six years and all the positive things I’ve done in the last year,” Ed adds. “I’ve learned I know how to make things work now. I know how to be happy I know how to not get into a spiral of dark shit. Part of that is writing songs and part of it is just not having a phone and not having people like want stuff from me the whole time. Not being like susceptible to people being negative and bringing you down. Being oblivious and just having the people I love around me and working hard.”
And it looks like that break was a good thing for Ed, physically, and mentally because Divide just broke even more records.
According to Billboard, Ed‘s set the record for most simultaneous songs on the charts. He currently has 12 SONGS on there!