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Ed Sheeran discusses running off stage for a wee

By | Published on Thursday 28 June 2018

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran has discussed what it’s like to try to hold in a wee in front of tens of thousands of people. Not that much fun, it turns out. Which is why he eventually cracked and twice ran off stage to visit the toilet when performing in Cardiff last weekend.

Speaking to Big Narstie on the rapper’s new Channel 4 show, which will air tomorrow night, Sheeran explains: “I’ve never done that before. You know, when you gotta go, you gotta go”. He adds that he reckoned interrupting the show was “far better than a picture in the paper the next day”, by which he presumably means a picture of him performing in damp trousers.

On the thought process he went through before deciding he’d better just go, he says: “I was there, I was playing, I was singing – but it was getting worse and worse and worse; you know when you start sweating?” The problem is, because I play the show solo, I can’t just be like ‘hey band, start playing!’ So I literally had to put the guitar down and be like, ‘talk among yourselves’. Usually, the adrenaline and all the water you drink, you sweat out. But I drank so much water before the show”.

“I read that the next day someone said, ‘I’m disappointed'”, he notes, despite his toilet breaks being super speedy and – as he said – as a totally solo performing act there wasn’t really any other option. “I mean, I still played the whole show!”



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