Sheeran shared a statement on socials yesterday (24 October) revealing news of his positive COVID test result, and with his fourth album just days away from release, he's had to change plans for his in-person commitments.

On Instagram, Sheeran wrote, "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."

He added, "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 x."

Sheeran has unveiled three singles from his follow-up to 2017's ÷ so far - "Shivers", "Visiting Hours" and "Bad Habits".

As well as preparing to release his = album, Sheeran co-wrote BTS' "Permission to Dance", teased the re-recorded version of Taylor Swift's "Everything Has Changed", and revealed that he has a Christmas single with Elton John on the way.

Ed Sheeran's = album will arrive Friday (29 October) via Asylum/Atlantic, and is available to pre-order now.