Ed Sheeran returns to social media after 'turbulent' personal life

The singer apologised to fans for not engaging with his fans.

Watch: Ed Sheeran explains 'turbulent' personal life sparked social media hiatus

Ed Sheeran has returned to social media admitting he has been through "turbulent times" in his personal life.

The Celestial singer - who welcomed his second daughter with wife Cherry Seaborn in May last year, as well as battling a copyright lawsuit over his hit Shape Of You in the High Court - apologised to fans for not engaging with them online for a few years.

Sheeran, 31, said in a video message: "'I realise I haven't been that engaged in my social media or fanbase over the last couple of years and the things that have been posted on this account might have got a bit boring, I'm sorry, that's my fault.

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"The reason I'm making this video, just being totally honest, I've had some turbulent things happening in my personal life so I just didn't really feel like being online and pretending to be something I'm not when I wasn't really feeling like that.

"I know that sounds weird, but hence I'm making this video to say things are looking up and I'm back online.

"So you know, weird s**t is gonna start being posted here."

He then added: "I've made this video about 50 f**king times I'm not making another one!"

Ed Sheeran attends the GBK Brand Bar Back Stage during Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 04, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for GBK Brand Bar)
Ed Sheeran has promised to be more present on social media again. (Getty Images)

The clip, captioned, "Back in the bitz", shows him walking around outdoors in a wooded area wearing a white t-shirt.

Sheeran announced in December 2019 he announced he was taking a break after two years of "non-stop" touring.

He and wife Seaborn announced the arrival of their first child, daughter Lyra Antarctica, in September 2020, and a second baby in May 2022.

The Bad Habits singer released new album = in 2021 but has continued to stay out of the spotlight.

He has laid low at his estate in Framlingham, Suffolk, where he grew up, and now owns a number of properties including his own private pub in a converted barn.

Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn during The BRIT Awards 2022 at The O2 Arena on February 08, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by JMEnternational/Getty Images)
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn have two daughters born in the last three years. (Getty Images)

The Castle On The Hill singer has been caught up in numerous planning disputes over his estate, including over a kidney-shaped ‘wildlife pond’, which local residents opposed his application to build, on the grounds he would use it as a swimming pool.

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Sheeran is estimated to be worth £220m and in £260m.