THE 23-year-old star deliberated his future as a singer after a show in London four years ago, admitting he almost gave up his career because he was sick of having no money or a home.
He recalled, “There came a point when I wanted to quit. When I thought, ‘This is horrible. This isn’t going to work.’
“It was December 2010 and I’d sold out Cargo in Shoreditch, the biggest show I’d ever played. There were 500 people there … even my dad turned up.”
Despite the success of his show, the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ hitmaker revealed he felt like he may never make it as a successful musician, despite having since become the biggest selling artist in the UK in 2014.
He added, “After the show, I was drinking with my dad and loads of other people. One by one, they started leaving. My dad said, ‘Do you mind if I get off?’ Then it was just me and the bar staff.
“I was really drunk, but very aware that I had no money on me at all. I’d spent all the cash I had buying people drinks.
“‘This isn’t great,’ I thought.”
Since the low-point, Ed has released two albums, ‘+’ and ‘x’, but said he was feeling unsure of his future a few months before the release of his debut single ‘The A Team’ – which was released in June 2011 – because his hard work had not yet paid off.
In extracts of his new book ‘Ed Sheeran: A visual journey’, published in the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said, “I’d worked really f***ing hard and gigged my ass off for three years. I’d released four EPs. I’d just played a sold-out. But I’d come out of it with no money, no place to live, a dead phone and nowhere to go.
“I ended up waking to a friend’s house and burst into tears. ‘Dude, I can’t do this any more,’ I said. I was in a proper state.” – BANG!