In a raw interview with Rolling Stone, the singer explained that he felt "embarrassed" and "selfish" for feeling like he "didn't want to live anymore".
Opening up about his depression, Ed said: "My best friend died. And he shouldn't have done.
"I've always had real lows in my life. But it wasn't really till last year that I actually addressed it.
amal Edwards died in January last year from an accidental overdose© GETTY
"I felt like I didn't want to live anymore. And I have had that throughout my life... You're under the waves drowning. You're just sort of in this thing. And you can't get out of it."
Ed believed his feelings were "selfish" as he felt he needed to prioritise being a "father", leading him to feel "embarrassed about it all".
When his wife Cherry Seaborn noticed something was wrong, she encouraged Ed to seek help and he started seeing a therapist.
Ed Sheeran has kept a close friendship with Jamal's mother Brenda Edwards© GETTY
Ed Sheeran also lose close friend Shane Warne last year© GETTY
Ed Sheeran was also hit with hard health news regarding his wife Cheryl© GETTY