Ed Sheeran
Singer Ed Sheeran appears on stage after winning songwriter of the year at the Brit Awards 2022 in London on Feb. 8, 2022. Image Credit: Invision/AP

'Shape of You' hitmaker Ed Sheeran is back with the latest installment of his mathematical albums.

With - (pronounced Subtract), he'll cover a difficult period that spurred him to musically reflect on his "deepest, darkest thoughts", reports 'People' magazine.

"I had been working on 'Subtract' for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be. Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art," he said.

Her further mentioned, quoted by 'People', "Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week, I replaced a decade's worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts".

"Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth," he continued. His wife Cherry Seaborn and he welcomed thier second daughter in May last year.

"My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter. I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety," added the 32 year old singer referencing a plagiarism lawsuit involving his song "Shape of You." "I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air."

He further added that this inspired him to put out an album that accurately represented what he was experiencing.

"It's opening the trapdoor into my soul. For the first time I'm not trying to craft an album people will like, I'm merely putting something out that's honest and true to where I am in my adult life," he said. "This is last February's diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is 'Subtract'".