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22nd Mar 2023

Ed Sheeran opens up about his battle with an eating disorder

Ellen Fitzpatrick

“I’m self-conscious anyway.”

Ed Sheeran has opened up about his battle with an eating disorder and the struggle he faced when comparing himself to other popstars.

The singer has revealed that his eating disorder was brought on when he began to negatively compare his body to his fellow musicians.

He has spoken out about how he always felt “fat” and how he thinks his relationship with food is the same as that of Elton John.

Speaking in an interview with Rolling Stone, the Shape of You singer: “I’m self-conscious anyway, but you get into an industry where you’re getting compared to every other pop star.

“I was in the One Direction wave, and I’m like, ‘Well, why don’t I have a six pack?’

“And I was like, ‘Oh, because you love kebabs and drink beer’.”

Ed also spoke about how he would compare himself to other singers like Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes after he had worked with them on music.

He admitted he found himself “gorging” and how it would make him feel “mad uncomfortable” to even talk about it.

Ed went on to admit that he is a binge eater and has a “real eating problem”, but since becoming a dad, he now has found himself as more of a “binge exerciser” and “binge dad”.

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