Ed Sheeran Composes 7 Songs in 4 Hours for Wife Battling Cancer

Written by on May 3, 2023

Ed Sheeran Finds Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Ed Sheeran Finds Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

Ed Sheeran and Wife

Music icon Ed Sheeran is no stranger to using music to process his emotions, and in his latest album, “Subtract,” the singer-songwriter bares his soul in a way he never has before. The album is a reflection of a challenging time in Sheeran’s life, during which he faced multiple obstacles, including his wife’s cancer diagnosis, the loss of a close friend, and a legal battle over allegations of plagiarism.

Sheeran’s wife, Cherry Seaborn, revealed in a recent documentary, “The Sum of It All,” that the singer wrote seven songs within four hours after learning of her cancer diagnosis in February 2022. Seaborn was six months pregnant at the time, and the couple was facing the possibility of losing her.


The news was devastating for Sheeran, who was in tears while discussing his concerns about the possibility of losing his wife. “Just from that situation, all these songs came out,” he said. “It’s scary putting your deepest, darkest thoughts out into the world, but I think I’m super ready to just put Subtract out and move on from it emotionally. That was a horrible, horrible, horrible month. Life hasn’t moved on for me yet, and I don’t think it will.”

For Sheeran, music has always been a way to process his emotions, and he used it as therapy during this difficult time. “Music has always been like therapy to me,” he said. “It was a way to get my thoughts and feelings down as a kid, and it works. It really works. The moment you find the worst thing has happened to someone you truly love, you feel like you’re drowning and can’t get out from under it.”


The loss of his friend Jamal Edwards also weighed heavily on Sheeran during this time. Edwards, a British entrepreneur and founder of SBTV, died in a car crash in August 2021. Sheeran dedicated his song “Visiting Hours” to Edwards, saying in a recent interview that the track was “an ode to him, and it’s one of my favorite songs on the album.”

In addition to his personal struggles, Sheeran was also dealing with a legal battle over allegations of plagiarism related to his hit track “Shape of You.” In March 2022, the singer was sued by songwriters Sami Switch and Ross O’Donovan, who claimed that “Shape of You” copied elements of their song “Oh Why.” Sheeran denied the allegations, and the case is ongoing.

Through it all, Sheeran found solace in his music. “It’s the only thing that has been there for me consistently throughout my life,” he said. “It’s the only thing that doesn’t let me down.”


The singer has always been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression, and he hopes that by sharing his experiences through his music, he can help others who may be going through similar struggles. “I’m not saying that what I’ve been through is the same as what everyone else has been through, but I think that everyone has been through something,” he said. “And if my music can help them in any way, that’s amazing.”

Sheeran’s new album, “Subtract,” is a departure from his previous work in many ways. The singer experiments with new sounds and genres, and the lyrics are more introspective and personal than ever before. The album has received critical acclaim, with many critics praising Sheeran’s vulnerability and honesty.


In a recent interview, Sheeran said that he hopes his music can be a source of comfort for those who may be struggling. “I know that music has helped me through some really tough times, and if my music can do that for someone else, that’s awesome”.

Cherry Seaborn also expressed her gratitude towards her husband and his music, stating that his songs helped her during her battle with cancer. She said, “When I was going through all of my treatments and stuff, I would listen to his music, and it would just get me through the day.”

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn’s love story is a beautiful one. They met when they were just children and reconnected later in life. Sheeran even wrote his hit song “Perfect” about her. They tied the knot in 2019, and have since been inseparable.


The couple has always been very private about their personal lives. However, in ‘The Sum of It All’ documentary, they opened up about their struggles and challenges, allowing their fans a glimpse into their lives.

It is not easy to watch someone you love go through such a difficult time. The fear, the uncertainty, the pain – it can all become too overwhelming. But for Ed Sheeran, music has always been a source of comfort and healing.


Throughout his career, he has shared his deepest thoughts and feelings with his fans through his music. And during this trying time, his music was his therapy. He poured his heart and soul into writing songs, and it helped him process his emotions.

In ‘Subtract,’ his new album, Sheeran bares his soul once again, sharing his deepest, darkest thoughts with the world. It takes a lot of courage to be so vulnerable, especially when you know that millions of people will be listening.

But for Sheeran, it was necessary. It was a way for him to move on from the pain and the trauma, to come to terms with what had happened, and to find hope in the midst of darkness.


The album is a testament to his resilience and his strength, as well as his unwavering love for his wife. It is also a reminder that, no matter how dark things may seem, there is always hope.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn are an inspiration to us all. They have shown us that love can conquer even the most difficult challenges, and that music can heal even the deepest wounds.


As Sheeran sings in his song “Supermarket Flowers,” “You were an angel in the shape of my mum / When I fell down you’d be there holding me up / Spread your wings as you go / And when God takes you back / You’ll say, ‘Hallelujah, you’re home.'”

In the end, it is love that remains, the love that Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn share, that keeps them strong and gives them hope for the future.


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