Ed Sheeran reveals he'll release new album this year as he celebrates 30th birthday

ED Sheeran has confirmed he will release his fifth studio album this year.

The superstar, who turned 30 today, said the record will be the “fourth instalment in the series” which suggests it could be called Subtract or Minus.

It is expected to follow on from 2011’s Plus, 2014’s Multiply and 2017’s Divide, but not be related to his collaborative fourth album No.6 Collaborations Project, which came out in 2019.

In a message on Instagram, he wrote: “Currently dressed the same as I was on my 3rd birthday about to chow down on Colin the pirate caterpillar, poor bloke.

“I’ll be back online with the 4th instalment in the series later this year, until then xx.”

Alongside his words he posted a photo of a Colin the Caterpillar cake and an image of himself as a child dressed as a pirate.

Ed announced he was taking a hiatus from music and social media at the end of 2019 following his mammoth Divide world tour.

He returned in December with a standalone single called Afterglow which peaked at No2 in the charts, although he said it would not be part of his next full album.

The star said at the time: “Afterglow is a song I wrote last year that I wanted to release for you. It’s not the first single from the next album, it’s just a song I love, and hope you love too.

“Enjoy! Have a safe and happy festive break and New Year’s. Back to dad land for me now, ciao.”

He and his wife Cherry Seaborn became parents for the first time last August.

In a message announcing the tot’s birth, he wrote: “With the help of an amazing delivery team, Cherry gave birth to our beautiful and healthy daughter – Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

“We are completely in love with her. Both mum and baby are doing amazing and we are on cloud nine over here.”


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