Ed Sheeran and other celebs open up about mental health
In a time when mental illness is more prevalent than ever, breaking the stigma around issues like depression, anxiety, and various disorders can be a matter of life and death. Our society worships celebrities and it puts them in a position of immense influence. Many celebrities are now using their platforms to destigmatize mental illness and share that they experience the same struggles as everyone else. Ed Sheeran is one of the most low-key celebs out there, and while he isn't cagey, he's certainly private and doesn't usually draw attention to himself. However, he's now releasing a four-part docuseries called 'The Sum of It All' in which he offers a deeply personal and raw insight into his life. "Disney approached me to make a four-part documentary, and it felt like the right time to open the door and let people in. I hope people enjoy it," he said in a statement. The trailer already dives into the struggles he faced in 2022, revealing that his wife, Cherry Seaborn, developed a tumor while she was pregnant with their second child. While Sheeran was frantic with worry for her, his best friend, Jamal Edwards, died suddenly at the age of 31. Not to mention the fact that he was embroiled in a high-profile copyright lawsuit. Ahead of the docuseries' release, Sheeran opened up in an intimate interview with Rolling Stone. He revealed that the events of early 2022 sent him into a spiral of depression, which became even worse when another friend, the cricketer Shane Warne, passed away. "I felt like I didn't want to live anymore. And I have had that throughout my life... You're under the waves drowning," he explained. However, these struggles also brought up feelings of guilt for the 32-year-old, who thought it "seemed selfish, especially as a father. I feel really embarrassed about it." Sheeran also revealed that he struggled with addiction and binge-eating disorder in the past, all of which he finally tackled in recent years as he prepared to become a father. He promises that his upcoming album, 'Subtract,' will be the culmination of many years of pain, healing, and recovery. Take a look through the gallery and find out which other celebrities are courageously opening up to the public about their experiences with mental health, and learn more about the signs and symptoms so you can help raise awareness too.