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Ed Sheeran's new album will deal with his wife's tumour

'At the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art'

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 05: Ed Sheeran performs on stage during the 37th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on November 05, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
Ed Sheeran's new album is out in May. (Getty Images)

Ed Sheeran's new album Subtract will deal with his wife's cancer as well as other serious subject matter.

The musician revealed that his wife Cherry was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour while she was pregnant with their second child, who was born last May.

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In a release announcing his sixth album, Sheeran said that Cherry was told there was "no route to treatment until after the birth". He did not offer an update on his wife's health beyond that.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY)  Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn during The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran with his wife Cherry. (Getty Images)

Sheeran's statement also said that the album was influenced by the death of his friend Jamal Edwards: "Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art.

"Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out."

The popstar added that the album had been in the works for a decade: "I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be."

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Ed Sheeran's new album will be influenced by events over the last year. (Alamy)

Sheeran revealed he rewrote the entire album across one week: "I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade's worth of work with my deepest, darkest thoughts.

Subtract will be produced by Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-produced Taylor Swift's Folklore. Sheeran announced that the album will be 14 songs long and not include the previously released F64 which was a tribute to Edwards.

Subtract by Ed Sheeran will be released on 5 May.

Watch below: Ed Sheeran reveals wife Cherry was diagnosed with tumour during second pregnancy.