Ed Sheeran has said he is temporarily leaving social media and taking a short break from performing and touring to "travel, write and read".

The singer-songwriter posted on Instagram: "Hello all. Gonna go on another break again.

"The Divide era and tour changed my life in so many ways, but now it's all over it's time to go out and see some more of the world.

"I've been a bit non stop since 2017 so I'm just gonna take a breather to travel, write and read. Il be off all social media until it's time to come back.

"To my family and friends, see ya when I see ya - and 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.

"Lots of love x."

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The Suffolk-born music star's two-year Divide tour ended this year after he played to nine million fans in nearly 50 countries across 260 shows. The tour launched in March 2017 and saw him spend 893 days on the road.

Sheeran's latest album, No. 6 Collaborations Project, was released this year and topped the charts for several weeks.

He was recently named the number one artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company, having had 12 number ones across the official singles and albums chart between 2010 and 2019, more than any other artist.

He has also spent the most weeks at number one across both charts over the last decade in the UK, at 79 weeks.

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