Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, never fails to make the charts. Since his studio album debut in 2011, the star has dominated the industry on a grand scale, garnering millions of fans across the world.
In a true reflection of his stardom, the "Shape of You" singer has been embarking on a record-breaking world tour for the last 2 years, which concluded on Monday night, with his homecoming show in Ipswich, U.K.
But, at the end of the show, in an emotional announcement, the singer told fans that he will be taking a well-deserved extended break from music following his grueling 280 show stint.
So, how long will it be before we see the star in the studio again? Read on to find out.
Back in 2010, guitar-playing singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, made his chart debut.At the time, an extremely shy Sheeran was posting videos online when rapper, Example, noticed his potential and invited him to tour with him. Remarkably, Sheeran managed to climb to number 1 on the iTunes chart before ever signing to a record label.
He quickly achieved international success.The British singer won the hearts of the nation with his stripped-back vibe and captivating humbleness - he was just a normal guy and his guitar - something that people clearly loved.
And, of course, he signed to a record label.In January 2011, the star released yet another EP as an independent artist, which smashed through the charts to number 2 - catching the eye of Atlantic Records, who Sheeran signed on with the following month.
He's literally had hit after hit ever since.Songs such as 2012's "The A-Team," 2014's "Thinking Out Loud," and 2017's "Shape of You" have all earned Sheeran the title of multi Grammy-award winning artist.
But it was a tough road to fame...
As a child, the singer was teased relentlessly in school.We all know how cruel kids can be, and Sheeran knows this reality all too well. The star was mainly bullied for being ginger, for needing oversized glasses after an eye surgery went wrong, and for having a severe stutter.
But music helped him through.
Sheeran also spent a lot of his teenage years couch-surfing and sometimes went completely homeless...
But he didn't give up.
But, once his big break came in 2010, there's been no stopping the star.
In fact, most recently, the star has released another collaboration album.Having basically every major artist at his beck and call, we aren't entirely surprised to see a whole host of big names teaming up with Sheeran for his "No.6 Collaborations Project." From Justin Beiber and Eminem to Khalid and Camila Cabello, his latest musical venture isn't short of famous faces.
In an ode to his stardom, the singer has also been embarking on a one-of-a-kind world tour.His "Divide" tour is the biggest ever, which commenced in March 2017, going on to last over a whopping 2 years, with a total of 280 shows across the world, 1 of which included headlining Glastonbury festival.
And it's earnt the star a staggering paycheck...
On Monday night, the record-breaking tour came to an end.
The singer had an emotional announcement for fans...
Before revealing his plans for a semi-retirement, the star told fans how bittersweet the night was.“There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months." “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. It is the biggest tour ever," he explained. He continued by telling fans how emotional the day had been for him and his team backstage. “It’s been an emotional day for a lot of people backstage. It kind of feels like, in a weird way, that you’re breaking up with a girlfriend that you’ve been with for years. It sounds odd but it has been a long tour."
Sheeran has a very good reason for wanting to take a break from music.
The pair are planning on starting a family together.
But, on Monday night, the singer struggled to hold back the tears while speaking to the crowd.
We love you Ed! 💚💚 #edsheeranipswich #dividetour➗ #dividetour #divide #edsheeranconcert #ipswich #framlingham… https://t.co/aOUXjYEiGC— Framlingham Town FC (@Framlingham Town FC)1566855504.0