Ed Sheeran has purchased a house in Italy.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

The 'Shape of You' hitmaker has snapped up a holiday home in an idyllic spot in the European country where he plans to take time out from his career with his girlfriend Cherry Sea, family and friends.

Ed - who also homes properties in London and Suffolk, the English county where he was raised - is keeping the location top secret but has spilled the reason he is starting his 'Divide Tour' in Turin on March 16 is so he can spend a couple of days in his new home.

Speaking to Vanity Fair Italy magazine, he said: "I just bought a property in Italy. I don't want to say where it is, but it's a beautiful place. My tour is going to start in Italy because I want to spend some time in my new property there."

Ed spent most of 2016 travelling around the world with Cherry, visiting places like Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland as he enjoyed a well-earned rest from touring.

The 'Galway Girl' singer appreciates nature and the simplicity of living in the countryside which is why he's got a property in leafy Suffolk and now in Italy.

And Ed admits his dream is to live in the countryside permanently with a wife and kids.

He shared: "This is my idea of happiness; living in the countryside, having a multitude of children always around me and my wife by my side. Writing songs every day and then going to pick up my kids at school ... I'm ready [to be a dad], but then it's not me who have to carry a baby in the belly for nine months, so it's not just up to me."

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