Ed Sheeran feels like ‘claustrophobic zoo animal’ as he opens up about crippling anxiety

He might sing to sell-out crowds of tens of thousands of people, but Ed Sheeran has admitted that he suffers from crippling anxiety which makes it hard to trust people and even spend time in public.

The Thinking Out Loud singer spoke candidly as he promoted his new album, No. 6 Collaborations, as he revealed how he copes with his anxiety.

He said ‘I get anxiety every day. It creeps up on you. I’ve been working on it for eight years and I closed off from reality.

‘Whether it’s getting rid of your phone or only looking at emails twice a day. Or cutting down my friendship group to the bare minimum just so I can trust everyone.’

Ed admitted that he chooses to live a very private life because he finds people wanting to take photos of him all the time hard to cope with.

‘I have social anxiety. I don’t like large groups of people, which is ironic given I play shows to thousands of people,’ he continued.

‘I feel claustrophobic and I don’t like being around many people. I have no problem with talking to people.

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‘But it’s when people film me and stare at me. It makes me feel weird.

‘It makes me feel like I’m not human. If you want to come up to me and have a conversation with me. Even if we’ve never met, just come up.

‘But what instantly cuts me off is that you’re having a moment with them which is so genuine and so nice and then at the end they ask for a picture.

‘It puts you down to earth and you’re just 15 likes on Instagram. That’s all you are.’

The Sing star revealed that he finds going out difficult now, due to his level of fame and has to make special arrangements in order to enjoy his nights out.

He said: ‘If I am eating in a restaurant now, I would prefer to have a private room because if I eat in the public room I have people filming me while I’m eating my food.

Ed is married to childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn (Picture: Instagram)

‘You feel like a zoo animal. I don’t mean to complain, I have a cool job and life. But I just want to avoid that.’

While his touring schedules have been intense since he shot to fame, Ed admitted that he will slow down once he and his wife, Cherry Seaborn, start a family.

He added: ‘Before I spent 800 nights on tour. I don’t remember 2014-2015, it’s a blur. Cherry has an office job so she can’t come out as much as she likes to.

‘Something has to give. I’m starting a life with Cherry and I can’t spend the next 20 years on the road.

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‘Kids would be the different thing. I wouldn’t mind sacrificing for them. If someone told me you can’t tour again for the next ten years if you have kids that is fine, because that is what I have signed up for.

‘I’ve already achieved more than I thought I would, so now I’m just trying to have fun.’

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