Ed Sheeran's announcement disappoints his fans

Dec 14, 2015 at 8:27 a.m. ET
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Ed Sheeran announced an extended hiatus from touring and social media to travel on Saturday, Dec. 12.

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.

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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."

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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.

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"Enjoy your break we'll miss you though @edsheeran," tweeted @Ed_Sheeran_EU.

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@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."

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"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.

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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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