Ed Sheeran‘s recent bicycling injury was so bad he had to postpone seven shows on his scheduled Asian tour. But, initially at least, it didn’t stop him from hoisting a few. According to People, on this Saturday’s (Oct. 21) new episode of The Jonathan Ross Show Sheeran describes the incident and its aftermath. “I broke my wrist, my elbow and my rib. I came off a bike quite fast, a bicycle, a pedal bike. I was in Suffolk [going down a really steep hill],” he told Ross. “The thing is, when it happened, I got up and was like, ‘That hurt’ and then cycled to the pub. Went home, went to sleep and then woke up at five o’clock in the morning in a lot of pain. And then went to the hospital.” (Video of the Ross appearance was not available at press time.)
It was only after he got a cast on his right hand and his left was put in a sling that Sheeran was reportedly convinced to postpone those shows after realizing he would not be able to play his trusty acoustic guitar during his four week recuperation. “I did try to be like ‘I will.’ I tried to say I’ll carry on doing the shows, but they said if I put any more stress on it, I might not be able to play [guitar] again so it’s good to be sensible,” he added.
A visit to my doctors confirmed fractures in my right wrist and left elbow that will leave me unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future. Sadly, this means that the following shows will not be able to go ahead as planned: Taipei, Osaka, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I’m waiting to see how the healing progresses before we have to decide on shows beyond that. Please stay tuned for more details. PS – Ed isn’t typing this as he has both arms casted/bandaged.
The healing time makes sense, since Ed said his one-man show requires him to have both arms available. “So me not having my arms is half of the show,” he said, noting he wasn’t wearing a helmet when he took his tumble. “So I’ve had to postpone a couple of shows which sucks. Sometimes a show has been canceled because a promoter has done something, but it’s the first time that I’ve ever actually canceled a show.”
Sheeran was feeling well enough to attend the Q Awards event on Wednesday night (Oct. 18), where he scooped up a Best Act in the World Today trophy.