“I have to have an operation in January on my ear because I stupidly jumped off a yacht really high up and smashed it,” he 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.”
Sheeran, 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.”
Ed Sheeran Begins 'Final Stop' on 'X' Tour, Hints at New Album: Live Review
Sheeran completed the Australian leg of his solo tour Wednesday night with a show at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, where he was joined on stage by a special guest: Elton John. He'll complete his mammoth international trek when he plays Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.
Watch Ed Sheeran's performance with Elton John below.