Ed Sheeran has always loved to share details from his life with his fans – until now.
The 24-year-old singer has confirmed that he has quit social media to stop seeing the world “through a screen,” as reported by News Australia, citing Ed Sheeran’s post on Instagram.
Ed Sheeran previously announced he would go on a total social media break beginning January 1, 2016, without giving any details as to when he’d come back, according to MTV News. But it seems that the British music artist has decided to go on a break a little earlier.
Ed Sheeran also announced he is taking time off from his phone and emails and said he hopes his family and friends will understand his need to go under the radar for a while.
Sheeran took a snap of a text written by him and shared it via his Instagram account. The post is titled “Please read x” and has so far received over 44,300 comments.
“Hello all. I’m taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. I’ve had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I’m taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.
“To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me b*ggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing. Ed x.”
Sheeran has been true to his word and hasn’t posted a peep on Twitter or Instagram since the announcement was made on December 12, 2015.
The announcement came just days after Ed Sheeran gave a spectacular performance for his fans on his Australian tour. Moreover, the Grammy-nominated “Thinking Out Loud” singer’s Sydney fans got to hear him sing with Sir Elton John.
Ed Sheeran announced he would be “b*ggering off for a while” in a tweet posted before getting on stage of the final performance of his Multiply tour in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, one day before his “final tweet.”
One more show on the Multiply tour then I'm buggering off for a while, Auckland stadium tomorrow! What a way to end it
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) December 11, 2015
During the final performance of the tour, Ed Sheeran went on stage wearing an All Blacks jersey with rugby legend Jonah Lomu’s name on it. On the morning of November 18, 2015, the New Zealand rugby legend died unexpectedly in Auckland at the age of 40.
After Ed Sheeran was done with his performance at Mount Smart Stadium, he tweeted “Happy Xmas (Tour is over),” referring to John Lennon’s song “Happy Xmas (War is Over).”
Happy Xmas (Tour is over)
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) December 13, 2015
This tweet was then shortly followed by the tweet in which he announced he’s quitting social media altogether.
Ed Sheeran’s Twitter and Instagram followers sent thousands of comments supporting the singer and expressed their excitement about the update on Ed Sheeran’s third album, the title and release date of which has not been revealed.
Ed Sheeran has been touring since August 2014 and announced that he is planning to go through an ear surgery during the break, according to News Australia. The “Thinking Out Loud” singer recently received three Grammy Awards nominations.
In other Ed Sheeran news, the popular musician has visited friends and family of a young New Zealander killed in a road accident. The family of Andrew Orr, who died at the age of 23 when his 4WD crashed near Oxford in Canterbury in May, 2015, say that they managed to get through some of their toughest times thanks to Ed’s music, according to TVNZ.
— Martin 'Snazzy' Cox (@MartinCox0155) December 13, 2015
Ed Sheeran’s song “Photograph” in particular was used in a tribute video for Andrew by his mother, who shared the video via YouTube. Ed’s fans then began sharing the video and calling their idol to visit the Orr family.
Andrew Orr’s mother and Andrew’s girlfriend were invited to meet with Ed Sheeran backstage during the final performance of his “x” tour.
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