Ed Sheeran has announced on his Instagram page that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.
In the post he said: “It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in-person commitments for now, so I’ll be doing as many of my planned interviews/performances I can from my house.”
He added: “Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone.”
Sheeran said he was self-isolating and following government guidelines. The announcement comes as the singer-songwriter is preparing to release his fifth album, titled =, on Friday.
He played last week in London at the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Shape of You singer was expected to join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe live to play new songs next week and had a number of other media commitments scheduled.
Sheeran is lined up to play live shows from April to September next year across the UK, which includes a three-night run at Wembley Stadium in London, as well as venues in central Europe, Ireland and Scandinavia as part of the Mathematics tour.
He last toured in stadiums from 2017-19 during his Divide tour, breaking U2’s record for the most attended and highest-grossing tour of all time. He played more than 250 shows to about 7 million fans.
The singer, who shot to fame in 2011 with the launch of his single The A Team, had previously been taking a break from music; his wife, Cherry Seaborn, gave birth in August 2020 to their daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.
Sheeran lives close to Framlingham in Suffolk, where he grew up.