There a few things a musician needs to be in top working order – their ears being pretty vital on that list.
So Ed Sheeran is taking a break to get surgery after bursting his ear drum during a recent boating trip.
In an interview with Aussie radio station Nova, Sheeran said he would have to get the operation in January, “because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up” while on holiday in Spain earlier this year.
“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,” said the singer.
“I didn’t realise what happened until I went in the water again and it’s the most painful thing, having a hole in your eardrum and having water go in.”
Sheeran was planning to take a hiatus following the end of his world tour already – only now he’ll be spending part of it in recovery.
But fans have no need to worry, the singer will still perform his final, sold-out show in New Zealand before he goes.
He’ll play Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium on December 12.