If you were planning on catching Ed Sheeran anytime soon, there's bad news - it won't be happening in the next 18 months.
Sheeran has been touring quite heavily since the release of 'Divide' two years ago, but he told a crowd at a gig in Ipswich the other day that he was planning to take a break from music. It's not the first time he's disappeared from the scene, either - he took a year-long hiatus in December 2015.
The Ipswich gig was the last date of the lengthy tour - which was the biggest tour of all time - that saw him play 260 shows, starting in Turin in March 2017.
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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 !
He told the crowd: "As you may or may 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."
He added: "‘I was told before I came on that now at the end of this tour I’ve played to nine million people around the world. It is the biggest tour ever. 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."
It's believed that Sheeran plans to spend time with his wife Cherry Seaborn and his family during his downtime. Considering the 'Divide' tour earned a reported $775.6 million (€699.8 million), he won't have to worry about hurrying back to work anytime soon.