Ed Sheeran has been touring to promote his album X for the past 16 months. After his final performance in New Zealand on Saturday, Dec. 12, he went to Instagram to announce an extended hiatus from music and social media.
Sheeran wrote, "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 buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I've made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing."
Given recent hiatus announcements from One Direction, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith, fans, a.k.a. Sheerios, took to Twitter to share their heartbreak over Sheeran's hiatus.
"Enjoy your break we'll miss you though @edsheeran," tweeted @Ed_Sheeran_EU.
one direction: break for 2 years ed sheeran: break for a year me: what did I ever do to you to deserve this pain and abandonment— isabel (@isabelpesci) December 14, 2015
@isabelpesci tweets, "One Direction: break for two years. Ed Sheeran: break for a year. Me: what did I ever do to you to deserve all this pain and abandonment."
Ed sheeran is taking a break next year too I am literally going to be so bored and have no excuse to not do any work hahahah— 1DStalker (@1DStalker) December 13, 2015
"Ed Sheeran is taking a break next year too I am literally going to be so bored and have no excuse to not do any work hahahah," tweeted @1DStalker.
Everyone deserves a break, especially around the holidays. Along with the rest of the Sheerios, I can't wait to hear that new album!
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