Ed Sheeran Emotionally Confirms 18-Month Break from Music

After four albums, 13 EPs, and close to 250 performances worldwide, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is officially taking a break from making music.

He made his announcement on the final stop of his Divide Tour in Ipswich, England where he said: “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. There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.”

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“We’ve played all around the world. Glastonbury, Wembley Stadium. All these amazing venues, America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America — it’s been a wild one,” he continued. “I was told before I came on that now at the end of this tour I’ve played to 9 million people around the world. It is the biggest tour ever.”

He then shared how emotional everyone on his team had been feeling that day knowing this would his the last performance in a long time. “It’s been an emotional day for a lot of people backstage. 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,” he added.

Addressing the crowd, he said, “I want to say thank you to everyone on this tour. Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance. This is my last song. I wrote this when I was 15 years old. See you in a few years time. Thank you.”

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Ed also took to Instagram to tell all his fans who weren’t at his final show about his hiatus and to thank them all for their neverending support.

“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,” he wrote.

“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,” he continued. “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!”

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