ED SHEERAN hints at some serious marriage issues on his emotional new album.
One song even appears to suggest his wife may have temporarily called time on their relationship.
The superstar has today dropped his seventh record, Autumn Variations, which features a pointed number called Punchline about an imploding romance.
On the track, he sings: “I can’t help but be destructive right now. It’s been weeks since I saw your outline.
“In my room is a silence so loud. This is what losing hope might sound like.”
In the heart-wrenching chorus, he continues: “I can’t help it but I love you so.
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“I can’t take this letting go. I still feel like we could work it out or something.
"All I am is only flesh and bone. Why’s your heart sofreezing cold?”
Ed has been with childhood pal Cherry since 2015.
They married in 2019 and have daughters Lyra and Jupiter.
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In another track, called That’s On Me, Ed sings: “This is not the end of our lives, this is just a bump in the ride. I know that it’ll be alright . . . ”
And on The Day I Was Born, he sings: “I broke apart from my lover a couple months ago, if they were here then I guess I wouldn’t be alone.”
It is unclear which songs on the album have been written from Ed’s personal experiences, as he previously said the record is about events in both his and his friends’ lives.
When he announced the project, Ed said: “Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes.
"After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.
“When I went through a difficult time at the start of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on.
“And when I learned about my friends’ different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at that time.”
Several tracks also address mental health battles, suggesting a struggle with depression.
On the song Page, where he sings about being alone, Ed even mentions being in love with the “ghost” of someone.
He says: “I’m in love with the ghost of you. Better luck next year, there’s nothing left here. But am I constantly searching, feeling unsettled?
“Living in hell pretending it’s heaven? Head’s spinning.
“Maybe I’m destined to be always lonely, alone, a loser . . . ”
The song Amazing features lyrics about struggling to feel positive, being teary and constantly “on the edge”.
Then, on When Will I Be Alright?, he addresses bleak thoughts, singing: “I’ve been up all night thinking about dying.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Ed has previously spoken about how he and Cherry fell in love while he was performing in the US, where she was living at the time.
In American Town, he sings: “Wasting time is time not wasted with my English girl in an American town.”
Album opener Magical is all about the spark in a relationship, while in Spring he appears to reflect on the first Covid lockdown, saying: “I had a plan to cross the world but haven’t left this island.”
Meanwhile, on track England, Ed lists the best things about his home country, singing: “There’s a peace and a quiet in this island of ours that can’t be mirrored . . . ”
The record was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who worked on Ed’s last album, Subtract.
It is the Suffolk-raised star’s first album released through his own label, Gingerbread Man Records, and will be followed by two sold-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November.
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On Wednesday, Ed mimicked the “Dude With Sign” meme as he promoted his record in New York, holding up a piece of cardboard signalling its release.
Asked about what’s next, Ed said: “We’ve got a big pop record.”
I’m looking forward to it.
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