Ed Sheeran is talking openly about his trying year.
The 32-year-old singer shares his life in the new Disney+ documentary Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All, including his wife Cherry Seaborn’s recent health struggles. The four-part series’ trailer features Ed discussing Cherry’s influence on him and his children Lyra, 2, and Jupiter, 10 months.
“Everything in my life got so much better when Cherry got into it,” he explained in the March 20 sneak peek. “I got married, and I’m a dad who has two daughters.”
But just when Ed thought they’d “reached a peak,” everything quickly changed. As he noted in his Rolling Stone cover story published March 21, Cherry was diagnosed with a tumor while six months pregnant with their daughter Jupiter. Cancer required surgery that couldn’t be conducted until after she gave birth.
The pair, who had kept the pregnancy a secret, made Jupiter’s birth public in May, and Cherry reportedly had a successful surgery in June, according to Rolling Stone.
In addition to his health issues, Ed was also mourning a loved one. The Grammy winner has said that his best friend and music businessman Jamal Edwards, who helped establish his career, passed away unexpectedly in February 2022 at 31.
“You have to wait for one person to be like, ‘That’s great,'” Ed said in the docuseries trailer. “And for me, it was Jamal.”
The loss of Jamal, Cherry’s illness, and Ed’s successful defense against a copyright infringement claim all had an impact.
“The loss,” he said, “it just took over my life.”
As Ed explained in an Instagram post alongside the trailer, he’s “always been guarded” about his personal life and had initially planned on starring in a documentary about making an album.
“But, as my life took a few twists and turns, the subject matter of the album changed, and so did the documentary,” he shared in his post. “It became something completely different to what I thought it would be. I wanted to provide context to the album as it touches on very personal things, that we all experience.”
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