Ed Sheeran revealed that he found himself "slipping into" bad habits, namely substance abuse, on a recent episode of The Jonathan Ross Show. The singer announced a break from social media and took a year off to pull himself together before releasing his latest album, ÷, in March.
“I think you need to, when you get into the industry, adjust to it -- and I didn’t adjust because I was constantly working on tour," Sheeran said on an episode that aired Saturday (Oct. 14), according to People. "And all the pitfalls that people read about, I just found myself slipping into all of them. Mostly, like, substance abuse. I never touched anything. I started slipping into it, and that’s why I took a year off and buggered off.”
Sheeran addresses this in the lyrics to "Eraser," the opening track of ÷: "You know that I've got whiskey with white lines and smoke in my lungs/ I think life has got to the point I know without it's no fun/ I need to get in the right mind and clear myself up/ Instead, I look in the mirror questioning what I've become/ I guess it's a stereotypical day for someone like me/ Without a nine-to-five job or an uni degree/ To be caught up in the trappings of the industry."