Ed Sheeran Is COVID Positive, Will Be Performing From His Home

‘Self-isolating and following government guidelines.’

On Sunday, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“Hey guys. Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for COVID, so I’m now self-isolating and following government guidelines,” the 30-year-old wrote on his verified Instagram account.

The revelation comes as he prepares to release his highly anticipated fourth studio album, “=” (pronounced “equals”), on Friday, four years after he began recording it.

“It means that I’m now unable to plough ahead with any in person commitments for now,” Sheeran explained on Instagram, “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 x.”

In his post, Sheeran made no mention of being vaccinated. However, in July, he appeared on The Late Show with James Corden alongside James Corden, where the two modified the lyrics of Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Shape of You” to include verses about obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine.

After Ed tested positive for coronavirus, the producers of Saturday Night Live are claimed to be “scrambling” to find a replacement.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, show executives are looking to replace Ed Sheeran with “another singer who appeals to the same demo,” with Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber among the possibilities, because Ed would be denied entry into the United States with a positive COVID-19 test.

There is also a chance that the Castle on the Hill hitmaker will perform remotely from the United Kingdom, but this has been ruled out.

“Ed is offering to perform live via video link, but this isn’t something SNL does,” the source said. “The show likes to have the performer in studio.”

Sheeran performed “Visiting Hours” at the inaugural Earthshot Prize Awards, hosted by Prince William, last week.
His episodes as a celebrity mentor on The Voice, which he co-hosts with Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, John Legend, and Blake Shelton, are slated to premiere on NBC on Monday.

After commencing work on the album in June 2017, Sheeran teased his new music.

He stated on Instagram, “I’ve never been more proud of a body of work, or more excited/nervous for you all to hear it. Lots more music to come, but for now I hope you are as excited as me for this album.”

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