Ed Sheeran returns to Twitter with cryptic message

Ed Sheeran (Reuters)
Ed Sheeran (Reuters)

Ed Sheeran has returned to social media exactly 12 months after he left it - right down to the minute.

The British pop-singer, best known for hits like 'Sing' and 'Thinking out Loud', returned to Twitter this evening to post a single blue square.

The cryptic image, which came with no caption, was enough to send fans of the singer into a frenzy, speculating if new music could be on the way.

Sheeran went on social media hiatus last year, saying he would rather not see the world through a screen.

Adding to the mystery, the singer's manager Stuart Camp changed his profile picture to the same image at exactly the same time.

Fans of Sheeran joked that he had "singlehandedly saved 2016" with his simple tweet.

Sheeran last released music in 2015, with his commercially and critically successful album 'x' going seven times platinum in New Zealand.