Ed Sheeran has revealed that he lost four stone in weight after being targeted by trolls who labelled him fat.
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The ‘Shape of You’ singer said that the extra weight was down to him living a poor lifestyle that involved fatty foods, drinking, and no exercise.
Speaking on the marathon running-themed Behind the Medal podcast, he revealed that he dropped from 16 to 12 stone by replacing beer with vodka and taking up running and cycling to stay in shape.
“My problem was I’d go to the pub, have bangers and mash, a pie, maybe a pudding and then loads of pints. And then not exercise,” he said. “My friends used to call me Two Dinners Teddy. On tour, it’s very easy to drink every single day because there’s always someone visiting.
“I had to make a real effort on the tour. I’m 12 stone now. I started running. I’ve got into cycling as well.”
His weight gain was a reason he didn’t appear in some of his first big music videos, he revealed.
Sheeran added that he thought anyone pointing out insecurities in others was probably quite insecure to do so, speculating that a lot of the online trolls who had called him fat may well have weight problems themselves.
Sheeran’s video for ‘Put It All On Me’, a collaboration with Ella Mai, sees him telling the love stories of couples from across the globe.