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'Brb': Ed Sheeran Announces He's Taking Another Break From Music

British singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced he's "taking a breather" from music and social media.

In a short message posted to his social media pages on Tuesday local time, the 'Perfect' singer said he was taking a break to focus on travelling, reading and writing.

Sheeran who wrapped up more than two years of touring on his 'Divide' album earlier this year, said he was ready to see more of the world.

Ed Sheeran performing in Wales in 2018. Image: Getty

"I've been a bit non-stop since 2017," he told fans.

"To my family and friends, see ya when I see ya," he said, adding that he was also going off all social media.

"To my fans, thank you for always being amazing, I promise to be back with some new music when the time is right and I've lived a little more to actually have something to write about."

Sheeran had already announced plans to take an 18-month break back in August, after he was forced to clarify rumours that he was retiring.

"I'm not bloody retiring either, press are being over dramatic," Sheeran posted on Instagram, after a comment he had made on his last night of touring as being "bittersweet" was taken as a hint at his plans to retire.

"I'm having 18 months off to make another album and hang out with my cats," he said at the time.

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This week, multiple media reports claimed that Ed Sheeran had announced his retirement at the ripe old age of 28.

In his post on Tuesday, Sheeran said the 'Divide' era and tour -- which saw him play 260 shows across 46 countries -- had changed his life in many ways.

2019 has also been a busy year for Sheeran, who was named UK's artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company a few weeks ago.

It was also the year that saw him tie the knot with wife Cherry Seaborn. While Sheeran and Seaborn are notoriously private about their relationship, Sheeran last week released a video for his song 'Put It All On Me' which showed the pair dancing in a kitchen.

Prior to going on hiatus, Sheeran revealed he had set up a new charity called the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation, which aims to help musicians under 18 with small grants.

Sheeran last took an extended break in 2016 when he stepped back from the spotlight for a year, before dropping 'Shape of You' and 'Castle on the Hill' to introduce his Divide album.