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‘I look at Elton John and how much he f***ked up’: Singer Ed Sheeran reveals downsides of fame and how he stays grounded despite celebrity status

He was thrust into the spotlight following the 2011 release of his EP No. 5 Collaborations Project.

But Ed Sheeran, 26, continues to stay grounded years after making it in Hollywood.

The British singer opened up about the downsides fame, telling News Corp this week that being a celebrity is not as glamorous as many think it is. He also revealed how legendary singer Elton John inspires him to stay on the right path.

Grounded: Ed Sheeran opened up about the downsides fame, telling News Corp this week that being a celebrity is not as glamorous as many think it is - he also revealed how legendary singer Elton John inspired him to stay on the right path

Grounded: Ed Sheeran opened up about the downsides fame, telling News Corp this week that being a celebrity is not as glamorous as many think it is – he also revealed how legendary singer Elton John inspired him to stay on the right path

‘Most people jump over the edge (after fame). I can see how that can happen,’ he said.

‘I steer away at the right point, thankfully. I look at Elton John and how much he f***ked up when he was younger. You learn a lot from that.

He added: Super yachts and hotels and hanging out with famous people are not the trappings of fame, for me it’s falling out with family members and friends over money.’

The acclaimed musician, who took a break from music last year, is gearing up for the upcoming release of his third album Divide.

He previously spoke to Power 105’s The Breakfast Club about how he’s managed to lose 23kgs since his extended hiatus.

 

Hiatus: He announced he'd be taking a well-deserved break from music in 2016
Shape of you: When he returned to music in January 2017, Ed Sheeran wasn't in the best shape of his life

Changes: Preparing for the release of his Divide album on Friday, the 26-year-old revealed how he’s managed to lose 23kgs since his extended hiatus

The singer, who described himself as having an ‘addictive personality’, explained how his year-long respite from work saw his weight balloon.

‘I doubled in size and sweatpants were the only thing that fit and I thought everything had shrunk in the wash, but it hadn’t,’ he recalled.

He reflected on how he previously didn’t realise how many calories he would burn during his on-stage performances.

Hard work! He reflected on how he previously didn't realise how many calories he would burn during his on-stage performances

Hard work! He reflected on how he previously didn’t realise how many calories he would burn during his on-stage performances

Ed Sheeran performs in front of intimate crowd in Victoria

‘I stopped touring and carried on my diet of pizza and beer,’ he described. ‘Suddenly I didn’t fit in anything.’

The Grammy winner embraced a healthier lifestyle when he returned to work and lost weight with regular cardio activity.

He revealed he only runs 10 minutes per day, with intervals of 30 second sprints and 30 seconds of jogging.

Focused: The Grammy winner embraced a healthier lifestyle when he returned to work and lost weight with regular cardio activity

Focused: The Grammy winner embraced a healthier lifestyle when he returned to work and lost weight with regular cardio activity

Sheeran, Fallon, and the Roots sing ‘Shape of You’

‘The key is to not miss a day, so you don’t have to do an hour,’ he said.

With his third album due for release on Friday he said he sees Adele, who is the only person who’s sold more records than he has in the past 10 years, as his ‘benchmark’.

‘I’m not in competition [creatively] because we all sit in our own lanes, but once the creative product is out, there is a race to the finish line,’ he described.

Competition: With his third album due for release on Friday he said he sees Adele, who is the only person who's sold more records than he has in the past 10 years, as his 'benchmark'

Competition: With his third album due for release on Friday he said he sees Adele, who is the only person who’s sold more records than he has in the past 10 years, as his ‘benchmark’

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