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Ed Sheeran Says He Struggles With Anxiety Every Day

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Ed Sheeran has given a glimpse at the less fun side of fame, revealing that 'he gets anxiety every day' and struggles to trust people.

The Halifax-born musician, 28, told The Sun that he has cut his friendship group to the 'bare minimum' and has four best pals that he can trust.

Ed Sheeran has opened up about the dark side of fame. Credit: PA
Ed Sheeran has opened up about the dark side of fame. Credit: PA

Ed also admitted that he doesn't like people photographing or filming him, which is fair enough.

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He told the newspaper: "I have social anxiety. I don't like large groups of people, which is ironic given I play shows to thousands of people. I feel claustrophobic and I don't like being around many people.

"I have no problem with talking to people. But it's when people film me and stare at me. It makes me feel weird."

He went on to say it makes it feel he's 'not human' and that he would prefer people approached him and struck up a competition, rather than just asking for a photo.

Ed has said he doesn't like when fans film or photograph him as it can make him feel like he's 'in a zoo'. Credit: PA
Ed has said he doesn't like when fans film or photograph him as it can make him feel like he's 'in a zoo'. Credit: PA
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He added: "It puts you down to earth and you're just 15 likes on Instagram. That's all you are."

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Ed went on to say that he is often even filmed while out eating a meal in a restaurant, which makes him feel 'like an animal in a zoo'.

To help himself, the 'Shape of You' singer says he has ditched his mobile phone and that he only looks at his 'emails twice a day'.

Ed has previously said he is a very private person, which is at odds with his levels of mega-stardom. After living in New York and then central London, he decided to move away from it all and now lives in a mansion in Suffolk where he can keep his head down.

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Having recently confirmed the long-standing rumours that he had married former schoolmate Cherry Seaborn, 27, Ed also said his anxiety makes him question why she is even with him.

He told The Sun: "I constantly wake up every day and look at Cherry and think, 'why the f*** are you with me?' She could be with anyone she wants to but she has chosen me.

"And I am saying all of the things that are wrong with me and you still want to be with me. She doesn't add fuel to the flames. If she said, 'Yeah, why am I with you?' then you would get anxiety."

Despite all of this, Ed was quick to add: "I don't mean to complain, I have a cool job and life."

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