ED SHEERAN is stepping away from the world of music to spend time with his new wife Cherry Seaborn.
According to The Mirror, the Galway Girl singer announced his plans on stage at Chantry Park in Ipswich 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 said.
"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.
"We've played all around the world. Glastonbury, Wembley Stadium. All these amazing venues, America, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, South America - it's been a wild one."
Sheeran added: "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.
"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 married Cherry at a private ceremony in December 2018 and has made no secret of his desire to start a family with his childhood sweetheart.
His parting words on stage in Ipswich hinted at a lengthy spell away from the limelight with no concrete plans in place to release more music.
"I want to say thank you to everyone on this tour. Thank you to everyone who has given me a chance. This is my last song. I wrote this when I was 15 years old. See you in a few years' time. Thank you."
Sheeran as cut an increasingly isolated figure since finding worldwide fame and fortune as a musician.
Sheeran lives on a giant Suffolk estate, complete with a recording studio, pub and multiple homes.
Sheeran is rumoured to have cut ties with many of the friends he had before fame, reportedly retaining just five close pals as a result.
Speaking in an interview with US radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God recorded, he admitted his wife is concerned by his situation.
"Cherry is always trying to get me away from it... this level of self-isolation.
"She says it's not healthy to do this.
"I lost the ability to be able to go out to the supermarket and buy a loaf of bread about three years ago – it is just different now."
"I don't even mind talking to people, I have no problem talking to people it's just when people film me and s***.
"It makes me feel weird. It makes me feel like I'm not human.
"What instantly cuts me off is that you're having a moment with them which is so genuine and so nice and then at the end they ask for a picture."