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- Ed Sheeran opened up about the anxiety the feels due to his fame.
- It’s caused him to feel like a “zoo animal” when he’s in public.
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.”
When fans ask for a pic, it ruins the interaction for him and sparks his anxiety. Ed says, “It puts you down to earth and you’re just 15 likes on Instagram. That’s all you are…Like if I am eating in a restaurant now, I would prefer to have a private room because if I eat in the public room I have people filming me while I’m eating my food. You feel like a zoo animal. I don’t mean to complain, I have a cool job and life. But I just want to avoid that.”
So, note to self: If you ever see Ed Sheeran in public, don’t ask him for a photo!
Alanna Greco is the weekend editor at Cosmopolitan.com and a freelance writer based in New York.