Ed Sheeran has been on the road for over two years in support of his last LP and broke records for the highest-grossing tour of all time. Now, he’s taking a much-needed break from performing.
While closing out the last of four homecoming shows at Chantry Park in Ipswich, Suffolk earlier this week on his Divide World Tour, Sheeran told the crowd that he would be retiring from performing live in order to spend more time with his new wife Cherry Seaborn, LADbible reports.
“As you may or may 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. “There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months.
“We’ve played all around the world. Glastonbury, Wembley Stadium…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.”
In fact, Sheeran’s tour broke records; he played 255 shows, grossed $776.2 million, and sold 8.9 million tickets, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. The Divide Tour is officially the highest-grossing tour of all time, breaking the record previously set by U2 in 2011 for The 360 Tour, which pulled in $736.4 million. Throughout the trek, Sheeran visited arenas in North and South America, Europe, and Asia in 2017 before moving on to stadiums across the globe in 2018.
Divide, which dropped in 2017, garnered attention with smash-hit singles “Shape of You” and “Perfect.” Earlier this year, he dropped the No. 6 Collaborations Project, which features 15 tracks with a variety of A-list stars, including “Beautiful People” with Khalid, “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber, “Antisocial” with Travis Scott, and “Way To Break My Heart” with Skrillex. He currently holds the No. 1 streaming spot in the world on Spotify.