Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran wants to move to New Zealand - and has even applied for residency.

The Photograph singer told ZM radio host Megan Sellers that he loves New Zealand so much he inquired about citizenship when he visited our shores during a year-long break from the music industry.

"I did ask for citizenship and I think we got an email from someone involved with that. So maybe that's going to happen. Maybe I can be a citizen."

The 26-year-old from Framlingham, Suffolk, said a new life down under would make him safer if there was a world war.

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"No one is going to be bothered to come that far to invade. We'll just leave 'em be."

Sheeran also told Sellers he'd be performing in New Zealand at the beginning of 2018 - but he loves it here so much he probably can't wait that long.

"Early next year is when the tour is scheduled for ... but I'll probably be there non-working before then," he said.

It seems likely that Sheeran would not make the long journey alone either.

He recently spoke of his relationship with girlfriend Cherry Seaborn and that he felt "pretty good" about the possibility of marrying his childhood sweetheart and starting a family.