Ed Sheeran’s in the midst of a North American tour with the bestselling album of 2017 so far, boasting three-quarters of a million copies sold in the U.S. alone. However, the 26-year-old singer admits it isn’t easy, especially since Cherry Seaborn isn’t joining him for the ride.
The couple, who went public with their relationship in 2015, have found a way to make it work, with Seaborn joining Sheeran at least once a month.
“She does this kind of long weekend thing where she takes two days off,” Sheeran tells ET Canada‘s Cheryl Hickey. “She’ll fly out on a Friday and take Saturday, Sunday, and then she’ll fly back either Sunday night or Monday morning.”
As hard as it is to be away from each other, Sheeran’s got a couple of his schoolmates with him this time around, who make sure he gets out to explore the cities his tour visits.
He also has along with him James Blunt, who is not only one of Sheeran’s best friends but is now his tourmate.
“I can’t remember where we were,” Sheeran says of their tour together, “but it came up that I was touring America and I was like ‘Hey, it’d be fun if you came on tour because then we could all hang out all the time.’”
And it seems like the pair are doing just that.
“He completely destroyed me the other night,” Sheeran reveals of the pair’s July 4th shenanigans. “For some reason we had a 4th of July party and then we looked around and were like ‘There’s no American’s here. What are we celebrating?’” Despite the confused celebrations, Blunt nevertheless managed to drink Sheeran under the table.
“We just kind of went tequila for tequila, and everyone went to bed and then suddenly everyone was up and we were still going.”
Aside from partying with his pals, Sheeran reveals he’s already writing new music. “I’m writing now. At the moment I’ve got Benny, who I wrote the last album with, and we wrote a song yesterday and a song today.”
On this tour, though, Sheeran is mindful of a healthy work-life balance. “I don’t really like doing too much on the road because that’s how I got myself burnt out last time.”
Sheeran’s North American tour runs until October. For more on Blunt and Sheeran’s bromance, watch below.