Entertainment Music Ed Sheeran Announces 'Bittersweet' Hiatus from Music: It Feels Like 'Breaking Up with a Girlfriend' After kicking off in March 2017, Ed Sheeran's Divide tour has earned a record-breaking $750 million By Jordan Runtagh Jordan Runtagh Twitter Jordan Runtagh is an Executive Podcast Producer at iHeartRadio, where he hosts a slate of pop culture shows including Too Much Information, Inside the Studio, Off the Record and Rivals: Music's Greatest Feuds. Previously, he served as a Music Editor at PEOPLE and VH1.com. He's written about art and entertainment for more than a decade, regularly contributing to outlets like Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, and appearing as a guest on radio and television. Over the course of his career, he's profiled the surviving Beatles, Brian Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Roger Waters, David Byrne, Pete Townshend, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones, Brian May, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Taylor and many more. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, he lives in Brooklyn, where he can be found DJing '60s soul records. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 28, 2019 01:35 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Luca Piergiovanni/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock After playing nearly 250 shows as part of his multi-year Divide tour, Ed Sheeran says he’s stepping back from music. The 28-year-old superstar made the announcement onstage as he performed the last date of the trek in Ipswich, England, on Monday night. “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, 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. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.” Since beginning the tour in March 2017, Sheeran has performed for millions of fans across the globe. “We’ve played all around the world. Glastonbury, Wembley Stadium,” he continued. “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. It is the biggest tour ever.” According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the tour is on track to earn a record-breaking $750 million, making Sheeran the highest-paid solo musician of 2018. But the artist says his decision to take a break hasn’t come easy. “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.” Luca Piergiovanni/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock “I want to say thank you to everyone on this tour,” he concluded. “Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance. This is my last song…See you in a few years time. Thank you.” When he does choose to return to the stage, he might be lacking a well-known fixture of his gigs: his famous foot pedal. “This might be the last loop pedal gig,” he said earlier in the evening, the BBC reports. Ed Sheeran on Working Nonstop, Competing with Adele and Date Nights with Fiancée Cherry Seaborn INF Sheeran had previously taken time off after wrapping his mammoth x Tour in December 2015 to strengthen his connection with then-girlfriend — now wife — Cherry Seaborn. “I ended the tour and I [realized] I hadn’t ever really lived a life,” he told PEOPLE last year. “It’s quite weird being a touring ‘celebrity.’ People assume you’re living the best f—ing life in the world, but you don’t really get to live any life because you work the whole time.” “I was like ‘F—, I’m 25, I left school early and went straight into touring,'” he added. “I haven’t properly formed relationships with people so I needed to have a year off and spend it with friends and family and Cherry and actually become a human being.” During his time off, the star traveled the world with Seaborn, 27. Sheeran confirmed that he and Seaborn had tied the knot in a video interview posted to his YouTube channel on the same day he dropped his most recent album, No.6 Collaborations Project, in June.