Ed Sheeran has announced that he would be taking an 18-month hiatus after the singer's royalties were frozen amid allegations of him stealing music.

"As you may or may not know, I've been on the Divide tour for over two years now, and this is the last day of the whole thing," he told the audience at a concert in Ipswich, England.

"There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months."

According to the Metro, documents were filed against the star at the High Court alleging that the singer, 28, is "consciously or subconsciously in the habit of appropriating the compositional skill and labour of other songwriters."

Musician Sam Chokri, 26, is currently fighting with Sheeran over the origin of the song Shape of You. Chokri alleges that Sheeran copied the chorus from his 2015 song Oh Why.