Pop sensation Ed Sheeran has always been an open book. We see this in his songwriting, his public persona and the way in which he is effortlessly able to connect with millions of people around the world. Now, in a bid to remain transparent, the pop star opened up about his battle with addiction.

Ed recently sat down for an appearance on an online summit on anxiety and well-being for the Hay House Chasing the Present Summit. Here, he opened up about his battle with addiction over the years.

“I have a very addictive personality. Very, very addictive personality,” he confessed. “I’m reading Elton John’s book at the moment and there are so many things that he did that I do.”
Ed adds “He would be like, ‘I would just go on an ice cream binge and eat four f***ing desserts until I throw it up’, and I was like, ‘I’ve done that before’. Or his martini binges, where he sees how many he can drink. And I’m like, ‘I’ve done that before too’. He ends up getting really f***ing sad and depressed and all of these things can can add to that.”

Ed explains, however, that moderation has helped him overcome his battle with addiction. “I think things like sugar, sweet stuff, junk food, cocaine, alcohol, it feels good the more you do, but it’s the worst thing for you, I think,” he argued. “I think with addiction, it’s just very hard to moderate, but moderation is the key. I’m covered in tattoos and I kind of don’t do things by halves so if I’m gonna drink, I see no point in having a glass of wine. I’d rather have two bottles. Having a glass of wine is having something in moderation and probably isn’t going to affect your day the next day. But two bottles of wine probably might make you quite sad.”

The star adds that his wife has been a massive support for him and that surrounding yourself with positive people helps a great deal in recovery. “She eats quite healthily. So I started eating quite healthily with her. She doesn’t drink that much so I wasn’t drinking,” Ed says.

Watch the full interview here: