Ed Sheeran has shocked fans by announcing he will be taking an 18-month break from music.
The 28-year-old made the announcement on stage after finishing a show in Ipswich, England, telling concert-goers, “As you may or not know, I’ve been on the Divide tour for over two years now and this is the last day of the whole thing.”
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9 million people, 893 days, 46 countries, 175 cities, 260 shows, 268 touring crew, 193265 miles travelled, 2 broken arms, 3 marriages, 4 babies. What a wild ride this Divide tour has been. The whole process of writing the album starting in 2015, then recording it in 2016, promoting it, setting out on the road to play it for all of you guys. It’s so weird to put it to bed and move on. Thank you to everyone involved in this whole Divide process, all the people who helped make the album, all the people who helped promote the album, all the fans who listened and came to watch, this wouldn’t be possible without you. Most of all I want to thank my fantastic touring team, who have given up their lives for 2 and a half years to help me achieve my dreams. Thank you for all of your hard work and constant friendship. The Divide tour – 2017 -2019. Officially the biggest tour of all time, so weird to say that, and we survived it !
“There is something very bittersweet about it,” The Sun reports Sheeran as telling the crowd. “I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.”
Sheeran has been on tour since March 2017, performing around the globe for approximately nine million people.
“It’s been an emotional day for a lot of people backstage,” Sheeran revealed of the difficult decision to take a break. “It kind of feels like, in a weird way, that you’re breaking up with a girlfriend that you’ve been with for years. It sounds odd but it has been a long tour.”
According to People, Sheeran plans on spending some well earned time off with his wife, Cherry Seaborn.