NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12:57 PM
Ed Sheeran is taking a break from social media, as well as his phone and emails.
Ed Sheeran may be “Thinking Out Loud,” but you won’t find those thoughts on social media.
The British singer isn’t using any social media websites “for a while” in an attempt to focus on other ventures in the world beyond the Internet, he revealed on Instagram on Sunday.
“I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my own eyes,” Sheeran wrote. “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.
“See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing,” he concluded his message.
The 24-year-old songwriter also said he plans on taking a break from his phone and emails for the foreseeable future.
“To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit,” he wrote.
Sheeran also promised that his third album is on its way, calling it “the best thing I have made thus far.”
This comes just three days after he vaguely teased on Twitter that he would be “buggering off for a while” after the conclusion of his lengthy, multi-continental “x Tour,” which wrapped up on Saturday in New Zealand.
Sheeran is the latest celebrity to swear off social media this year, following in the footsteps of rapper Iggy Azalea, who stopped using the sites in February after receiving a flurry of hurtful comments about her bikini body, only to return several months later.
Then in September, “Girls” star Lena Dunham vowed not to look at people’s comments about her on Twitter after she was hit with a wave of “verbal violence” that created “cancerous stuff” inside of her.
Sheeran’s social media suspension comes with a decidedly different set of motives, and he appears to have made this decision with the intention of eventually returning.
The popular artist’s time away doesn’t mean he’s taking a break from songwriting, however. He teased in Sunday’s post that his third studio is album is still on the way.
“(It’s) the best thing I have made thus far,” he wrote.