‘It’s time’: Ed Sheeran is making a BIG lifestyle change this week

With his ten-month world tour almost over, Ed Sheeran is finally planning to get some sense of normality back in his life.

First up on his list of things to work on is quitting smoking. The singer says his habit has only gotten worse over the last year, and this month he's decided to quit for good.

"The reason I kind of liked smoking so much was just it was a routine," he told Ellen DeGeneres yesterday.

"Do a soundcheck, have a cigarette, do a gig, have a cigarette, have food, have a cigarette… now I'm not going to be touring and working for a while."

Although he started smoking in his early teens, Ed says he never considered himself "a smoker" until he realised he'd been doing it for a decade.

"I started smoking when I was younger and I’d always say, like ‘I’m gonna quit. I’m gonna quit'

"And then, 'Oh well, I haven’t been smoking for that long. It’s been, what, four years like that…' and then when it got to 10 years, I was like, 'Oh… I’m probably getting to the point of no return here.'"

Having given up both cigarettes and alcohol for a year back in 2011, the Thinking Out Loud hitmaker is hoping he has what it takes to quit smoking for good – though so far it's only been ten days.

"It's cold turkey," he told Ellen.

Ed has been open about his drug and alcohol use in the past, and though he has dabbled in hard drugs and marijuana he says it's not a frequent thing.

"There have been a couple of times over the past few years, but it’s not a regular thing," he said of his drug use last year.

"It happens when I’m under an immense amount of stress and pressure, and things just build up. But it’s not as dark as people make out. It’s educational."

Of course, he did admit in a previous 2014 interview that he once "fell in love with a beanbag" while taking ecstasy in Ibiza and ended up ordering six of them online. Sounds very educational to us…

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