British musician Ed Sheeran is taking a long time off away from his music.
After performing around the world for over two years in his record-breaking Divide tour, the singer has announced that he’s temporarily stepping back from music. Sheeran took the time to let his fans know about his 18-month hiatus during his show in Ipswich, England. The Ipswich concert held last Monday, August 26, marked the singer’s last musical gig before his hiatus.
The Sun reports that Sheeran addressed the crowd saying, “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,” the Shape of You hitmaker added.
Aside from his bittersweet announcement, Sheeran also shared with fans some exciting news that he received before going on stage. The recording artist’s Divide tour marked what he calls “the biggest tour ever.” During Sheeran’s lengthy string of concerts over the past to years, he played to around nine million people globally.
Sheeran then shared to fans how he and the team behind his tour felt knowing that they were on their last show. The singer compares the experience of ending the tour as something like “breaking up with a girlfriend that you’ve been with for years.”
The Grammy award-winning artist began touring around March 2017 and in his last show told everyone he’ll be back in a few years.