By Josh Stillman
Updated November 19, 2012 at 06:46 PM EST

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Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + the Machine, is ready to call it quits — for now.

The 26-year-old singer tells London’s Evening Standard that she’s going on hiatus once her band wraps up its European tour in December. “I’ve been on tour since I was 21. I need a break and to have the chance to do normal things, like go to the supermarket and hang out with my friends,” said Welch.

The group took off in 2009 with the release of their debut album Lungs, which reached #1 in the UK and #14 in the US; their second album, 2011’s Ceremonials, also hit #1 in the UK and #6 in the US. They have toured virtually nonstop since February of 2008.

“I’ve only just moved out of my mum’s house, so I’d like to settle into my new place and start getting inspired again,” Welch said. “If I started writing songs now, all they’d be about is tour buses and hotel rooms.”

The break won’t be totally idle, though – Welch added that she plans to write a musical with her childhood friend Sophie Hart-Walsh, a costume designer for films such as Prince of Persia and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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