Ed Sheeran will have surgery on a damaged eardrum early in the New Year.
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 earlier in the year while vacationing with friends in Spain.
“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.”
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.