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Ed Sheeran Just Broke Up With Social Media

It was not a mutual decision.

Ed Sheeran is taking a break from Twitter and Instagram as he is sick of seeing life "through a screen."

Shortly before he performed the final date of his Multiply tour in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, he took to Twitter to express his feelings:

After the gig at the Mount Smart Stadium, he added, "Happy Xmas (Tour is over)," in a reference to John Lennon's festive song, “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” before announcing his self-imposed hiatus.

In a lengthy post on Instagram on Sunday, titled "Please read x," the “Thinking Out Loud” hitmaker wrote,

"Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while. I've had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.

"To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the 3rd album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing. Ed x".

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His followers sent messages of support, but most were excited about the update on his third album. A title and release date for the record has not been announced.

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The Brit has been on his Multiply tour since August 2014, and will be using his well-earned break to get ear surgery, according to editors at the Daily Mail.

As well as finishing his tour and taking a long-overdue holiday, Ed had another reason to celebrate this week, as he was nominated for three Grammy Awards on Monday.