Ed Sheeran gets anxiety when people film him: ‘It makes me feel like I’m not human’

In March, The Sun claimed that Ed Sheeran had married his fiancee, Cherry Seaborn, in December. No one from Ed’s camp confirmed it at the time. Ed recently invited Charlamagne Tha God into his tree house studio to film an interview about his new album, No.6 Collaborations Project, which features collaborations with artists including Khalid, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Eminem, and 50 Cent. During the chat, he also confirmed that he and Cherry did get married. (He refers to her as “his wife” throughout the 50-minute interview.) One of the topics that the two discuss beyond the album is Ed’s anxiety. Cosmopolitan covered some of their discussion:

Ed Sheeran, who you may know as the guy who once sang in an episode of Game of Thrones, just got super candid about his struggles with anxiety in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God. Ed says that he gets anxiety “every day,” and it’s even lead him to get rid of his phone and cut down his friend group.

He also takes a lot of time in the interview to talk about why he reallyyy doesn’t like it when people take photos with or of him, and says, “I have no problem with talking to people. 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.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

I really dislike being filmed, and sometimes would prefer not to be photographed (not that I’m ever going to be famous), so I can appreciate, on a very basic level, the discomfort with being recorded. It’s very apparent while watching the interview that Ed prefers to stay at home and that he considers his home his sanctuary. I can understand that random public interactions can be unnerving for him when filming or photos are involved. The tone of the Cosmo article is kind of weird; the “reallyyy doesn’t like it” read (to me) like Ed was possibly emphatically complaining about people taking photos, but his tone in the interview is pretty measured, and he just talks about dealing with anxiety, the different times that it manifests, and how he addresses it. He even says while discussing his aversion to being filmed that he doesn’t “mean to be, like, complain-y,” about people’s interest in him, because “I have a very very cool job and life.” Around 27:10, the conversation shifts toward Ed’s change from being someone who enjoyed going out to industry events to being someone with social anxiety. This leads to his comments about his discomfort with being photographed. He mentions getting rid of his phone and keeping a smaller circle of friends around the 31-minute mark. I didn’t watch the entire video; I skipped around to try to track down the quotes from the Cosmo article, but I enjoyed it. I also would love a tree house to work in, though it seems that Ed has run into problems with some of his neighbors and the local planning committee over the work done on his massive property.


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  1. Allie says:

    I’m so boring that nobody wants to take a picture of me except for my ma and grandma but even this I hate. I totally get what he means. Also, I don’t understand why people want to take pictures with celebs all the time. They treat them like sightseeing spots where everybody takes the same lame photo just to prove they were there.

  2. A random commenter says:

    I don’t like being photographed or taped and recently discovered someone posted photos of me online as part of a restaurant review ( I was in the background, but you could see me and my friends at our table). People are so quick to post crap online without giving a thought for others’ privacy. And I’m totally normal—I can’t imagine how it must be for someone famous like Ed. He must feel like a caged animal whenever he’s in public.

  3. Millennial says:

    I can’t help but like him. His music is what most would call basic, but I like it. And he seems fairly authentic for the most part.

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    I empathise with him over it, as people now seem to think they have the right to use their phones to take pictures of anyone anywhere for their own amusement. I have on occasion asked for them to delete their photos that have me in it as they did not ask my permission to take my photo and as a results they r invading my privacy which I can report them to the police over. The entitlement of twats with a smart phone ever ceases to amaze me.

    • Nahema says:

      I think you’ll find that you cannot report someone to the police for taking your photo unless you were in a private place, such as a changing room or your own home or garden. Of course in other places you can ask people not to but can’t prevent them. Entitlement works both ways and I think that whether you’re a celeb, a royal or a pleb, expecting people to not to photograph you sounds entitled… although it’s not something which plebs have to really worry about.

    • Kath says:

      So if I’m a tourist attraction or any other crowded public place and it’s impossible to take a pic with just me in it, you think anyone should be able to come up and ask me to delete the photo? That’s completely impractical and entitled

  5. NeoCleo says:

    I can’t understand how someone wealthy as he is cannot have a suit made for him that fits properly.

  6. Redgrl says:

    Don’t know much about his music (apart from the occasional hit tune) but he was just adorable in the Beatles movie “Yesterday”. Self-deprecating and very funny.

  7. Whatnow says:

    Call me weird but I don’t like to do street photography or post photos from street photography because I worry that in the background is somebody that’s in witness protection or hiding from an abusive person and I will out them