Ed Sheeran has become of of the most popular musicians in the world over the past few years. However, despite his incredible fame, he recently announced he’s taking a hiatus from music. After touring for more than two years, the UK singer has decided its time to take a much-needed break.
Ed Sheeran: A “Bittersweet” Hiatus
In case you haven’t turned on a radio recently, Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular of the past decade. In just the past two years, Sheeran’s earned two Billboard number-one hits, seven songs in the Top 10, and three albums that peaked at number one. Last year he also became one of the top ten highest-earning musicians in the world. Meanwhile, Sheeran’s most famous song, “Shape of You,” is the most-streamed song on Spotify, with over 2 billions streams worldwide. He has also collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, and many more.
So, with all this incredible fame, fans worldwide felt utterly shocked when the “Photograph” singer announced an extended break from music. Since March of 2017, Sheeran’s been on an extended world tour titled Divide, after his third album. During his last concert in Ipswich, England, not far from his hometown, the UK singer announced his momentous decision to the audience. He told fans that the hiatus from music, singing, performing, and recording would last 18 months.
Most Earning Artist For 2018 And World-Breaking Tour
On stage, during his last show, the “Perfect” singer 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. 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.
“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. 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… See you in a few years time. Thank you.”
The Divide tour has earned over $750 million, which brought Sheeran close to breaking a world record. However, it also cost Sheeran time with his family. Plus, while on the road, the singer somehow found the time to record a new album, No.6 Collaboration Project, which released in July 2019. So, it’s really no surprise that he wanted some time off. However, Sheeran would still feel the need to explain his decision a little bit more…
“I Need It To Become A Person”
Ed Sheeran had always said music is his entire life, so the announcement came as a shock to many. On stage, he shared some personal feelings and thoughts. “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.”
In an interview to People last year, Sheeran shared that he never really lived a life, or a different life, then a “touring celebrity.” He left school early and then started touring immediately after that. He said there’s a certain perspective people have on this lifestyle – “[they] assume you’re living the best life in the world, but you don’t really get to live any life because you work the whole time.”
Besides taking a much-needed mental and physical break from performing, singing and touring, Sheeran married Cherry Seaborn, his high school sweetheart, this past June. Touring for such a long time never really let the two enjoy married life. Now, Sheeran can spend as much time as he possibly can with friends and family. “…I needed to have a year off and spend it with friends and family and Cherry and actually become a human being.”