Ed Sheeran gets covid-19 few days before dropping album

Ed Sheeran has announced he’s tested positive for Covid and is self-isolating.

The 30-year-old singer, whose brand new album = is set to be released on Friday October 29, revealed the news in a statement posted on his Instagram page.

‘Hey guys,’ Ed penned. ‘Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines.

‘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

‘Apologies to anyone I’ve let down. Be safe everyone.’

Next week, Ed is due to join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe live to play new songs from his upcoming fifth studio album and take questions from fans.

Ed’s new album = will contain the singles Shivers and Bad Habits, which have both topped the charts.

He previously described the body of work as ‘a really personal record and one that means a lot to me’.

‘My life changed greatly over the past few years — I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album,’ he added. ‘I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.’

Earlier this week it was announced that Ed will make his CBeebies Bedtime Stories debut in November to read a story about a boy with a stutter.

The singer-songwriter recounted his own experiences in 2015 during a speech made at the American Institute for Stuttering gala, telling the audience how rapping along to one of Eminem’s albums, which was bought for him when he was nine, helped him get over his own stutter.

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