Ed Sheeran on anxiety and fame: “you feel like a zoo animal”

Ed Sheeran on anxiety and fame: “you feel like a zoo animal”
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Ed Sheeran rose to international stardom when his track Lego House went viral on the internet. Prior to that, he was already a well-known singer-songwriter in the UK.

But even though he’s spent years in the public eye, the star admits he’s still not used to the tolls of fame. Sheeran just got raw and real during an interview with Charlamagne for their new collaboration. Ed reveals that he suffers from crippling anxiety that has pushed him to get rid his phone and out of his social circle.

And one thing that he doesn’t like at all? Taking people slyly taking photos of him or even asking to take a photo with him. In the interview he 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.”

While asking a photo from your favorite celeb is kind of a given, Sheeran reveals that it triggers his anxiety saying:

“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.”