Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.
“Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for [COVID-19], so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” the 30-year-old singer announced on Monday, October 25.
The news comes ahead of Sheeran’s highly anticipated fourth album =, which is scheduled for release on Friday, October 29. “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 said.
It remains unclear which activities will be affected following Sheeran’s diagnosis. He added, “Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe, everyone.”
In June 2021, Sheeran released “Bad Habits,” his first solo single in four years. It was followed by “Shivers” in September. Both tracks are part of his upcoming album =.
Sheeran’s third solo album Divide was released in March 2017. The songwriter announced in August 2019 that he would be taking a music hiatus.