Saturday 10 December 2016

Ed Sheeran quits social media to avoid 'seeing the world through a screen'

Published 14/12/2015 | 14:13

Ed Sheeran is to receive an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich
Ed Sheeran is to receive an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich

Ed Sheeran has always been open and accessible to fans via social media, particularly Twitter, but he has announced he is taking a break and won't be interacting online for the foreseeable future.

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The 24-year-old has had a phenomenal few years professionally with his second album x hitting number one in 15 countries and becoming the most streamed album in the world on Spotify.

However, he has revealed he wants to take a break after five years of performing and promoting all over the world on a relentless schedule.

"I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while," he wrote on Instagram.

"I've had such an amazing ride over the last five 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."

He reassured his 16.1 Tiwtter followers and 5.5 million Instagram followers that he would return bigger and better with his upcoming third album promising to be his best.

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"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 have made thus far," he wrote.

"See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing."

However, we may get our Sheeran fix at the 2016 Grammys in the meantime as his song Thinking Out Loud is nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

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