Ed Sheeran hints at new album with cryptic social media post

Ed Sheeran has hinted that he is about to announce his first studio album since 2014's 'x' after changing his profile pictures to a shade of blue on social media on Tuesday (13.12.16)

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Ed Sheeran's cryptic post Instagram (c)

Ed Sheeran's cryptic post Instagram (c)

Ed Sheeran has teased that he is to release new music with his return to social media.

The 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker changed his profile pictures to a shade of blue on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday (13.12.16), exactly a year after he went on hiatus, with fans guessing he is about to announce a new album.

It comes hours after Amy Wadge - who has worked with the flame-haired hunk on numerous occasions - teased that the 25-year-old singer's third LP will drop "really soon" and will certainly hit the headlines.

Speaking to 'Newsbeat', the 40-year-old songwriter said: "The third album is on its way and is the best thing I've made. His album is done. All of this year he's been preparing for his next album."

Ed hasn't been seen on the music scene for 12 months after he announced he was taking a year-long break to focus on his family and catch up on things that have passed him by since he was catapulted into the limelight in 2012.

He said at the time: "Hello all. I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while, I've had such an amazing ride over the last 5 years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed. To my friends and family, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, my 3rd album is on the way and is the best thing I've made thus far. See you all next album and thank you for being amazing. (sic)"

Although his album hasn't dropped yet, Ed stuck to his word as he came out of his hiatus last month to perform at a fundraising event for a children's hospice.

He also hit the headlines over the weekend when it was revealed he'd penned the winning 'X Factor' song 'When Christmas Comes Around' for Matt Terry.

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