Sheeran previously took a hiatus from social media in 2015

Ed Sheeran has announced he is to take a break from work and social media “until it’s time to come back”.

The chart-topping singer said he would “take a breather to travel, write and read” and would return with new music “when the time is right”.

Sheeran said things had been “a bit non stop since 2007” and that it was “time to go out and see more of the world”.

He promised to come back when he had “lived a little more to actually have something to write about”.

The profile picture on his Instagram page has been changed to a black-and-white image of BRB – for “be right back”.

Sheeran’s statement followed another year of success that culminated with him being named UK artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company.

Last week he released a video for his Ella Mai collaboration Put It All On Me, in which he is seen dancing in a kitchen with his wife Cherry Seaborn.

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