We all saw this coming: Ed Sheeran is finally taking a break from music.
After playing his final “Divide” tour stop in his home town of Ipswich, England, earlier this week, the 28-year-old singer announced his emotional farewell onstage.
“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 told the crowd. “It’s been a wild one.”
“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 said, according to Pollstar. “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,” he added. “It sounds odd but it has been a long tour.”
The Grammy winner, who confirmed his marriage to Cherry Seaborn back in June when he released “No.6 Collaborations Project”, explained, “I’m starting a life with Cherry. I can’t spend the next 20 years on the road“. However he assures fans that this hiatus is only temporary – 18 months to be exact.
“I’m not bloody retiring either, press are being over dramatic,” the “Perfect” hit-maker wrote on his Instagram story, adding that “I’m having 18 months off to make another album and hang out with my cats.”
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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 !
Take all the time you need Sheeran 😉