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Ed Sheeran Announces 18-Month Break From Live Performing

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    British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran gives a concert at Otkritie Arena during his world tour on July 19, 2019, in Moscow.

    After more than 250 performances on the road, Ed Sheeran may be headed back to the castle on the hill.

    On the final stop of his Divide tour earlier this week, the Grammy winner announced his break from music. "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," he told the crowd in Ipswich, England, according to The Sun. "There is something very bittersweet about it."

    "I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich," he continued. "This is my last gig for probably 18 months."

    After all, the nonstop can take a toll. "We've played all around the world," Sheeran said. "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," he continued. "It is the biggest tour ever."

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    And Sheeran says now is the time to take a step back. "It kind of feels like, in a weird way, that you're breaking up with a girlfriend that you've been with for years," the Brit confessed. "It sounds odd but it has been a long tour."

    Before his final bow, he showed his appreciation for everyone involved in making Divide such a success. "Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance," he said. "This is my last song. I wrote this when I was 15 years old. See you in a few years time. Thank you."

    Earlier this summer, while promoting his album No. 6 Collaborations Project, the 28-year-old confirmed his marriage to longtime love Cherry Seaburn.