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Goodbye My Lover: James Blunt 'retiring from music'

James Blunt has sold more than 18 million albums. Photo: PA

James Blunt has signalled the end of his music career, telling a reporter that he has no plans to write new material.

The former army officer scored a number one single with 2005's You're Beautiful and his album Back to Bedlam, released in 2004, topped the charts on its way to selling 11 million copies.

But the 38-year-old says he wants more time for himself, telling a Daily Mail reporter:

I haven’t got any plans to do more songwriting.

I have been chilling out since I finished my world tour and I’ve spent a lot of time in Ibiza, where I have a villa.

And in describing his "first summer off in seven years," he hinted at what retired life might have in store:

Sofia [his girlfriend] and I had a great time hanging out with friends on my yacht but we partied as well.

Blunt's last UK performance was in London in February and as well as winning two Brit Awards and being nominated for five Grammys, he also claims to have risked a court martial in order to "prevent World War III".