On an upcoming episode of The Jonathan Ross show, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran opened up to why he left the spotlight in the midst of a skyrocketing career in late 2015.

Overwhelmed with much support and love for his music, Sheeran's rise to the mainstream scene created a negative impact on him, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Sheeran recalls that "he never touched anything" but "started slipping into it [substance abuse]" as it happened gradually. Hence, the reason why the "Thinking Out Loud Singer" took a year off ahead of his recent album "÷" and focused more on work.

"The more I worked, the less [that happened]," Sheeran said. "I've worked my whole life to get to where I am and you can't lose that over something that you do in your spare time."