Ed Sheeran has been navigating tough times in his personal life.
The singer-songwriter recently returned to Instagram after stepping away from the platform for a couple of months. But as he explains in a new video, Sheeran felt like he distanced himself from his fans and followers long before his break was official.
"I realize I haven’t been that engaged in my social media and my fan base online for the past couple of years," the "Bad Habits" singer said, adding in a whisper, "The things posted on this account might have got a bit boring. I’m sorry. That’s my fault."
The 31-year-old then explained the reason behind all of that.
“Just being totally honest, I’ve had some turbulent things been happening in my personal life," he continued. "So I just didn’t really feel like being online and pretending to be something I’m not when I wasn’t feeling like that.”
Sheeran, who shares two daughters (Lyra, 2, and Jupiter, 8 months) with wife Cherry Seaborn, didn’t get into the specific details, but he has endured notable professional turbulence in recent years.
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Whether or not any of that was a factor in the struggles he hinted at, the music maker had an uplifting update for fans.
“Things are looking up," he said. "I'm back online."