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Ed Sheeran will have surgery on a damaged eardrum early in 2016.
The English singer-songwriter is due to take a well-earned break once he completes his final world tour dates in New Zealand this weekend. He’ll be forced to put his feet up while he recovers from an injury he suffered while vacationing with friends in Spain earlier this year.
“I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it,” Sheeran told Australia’s Nova radio. “I landed wrong, and it burst my eardrum so I have to go and get a graft, which means I’m not allowed to fly for a while, so it’s kind of good … it means I have to stay at home.”
The artist, who is filling stadiums without the support of a backing band, said he didn’t realize the extent of his injury until he returned to the water. “It’s the most painful thing having a hole in your eardrum and having water go in,” he said.
Sheeran completed the Australian leg of his solo tour on Wednesday night with a show at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, where he was joined onstage by a special guest: Elton John. He’ll complete his mammoth international trek when he plays Auckland’s Mt. Smart Stadium on Saturday.
This story first appeared on billboard.com
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