Ed Sheeran is a pretty cool guy, right?
We mean, he’s kinda cute and plays a load of instruments and writes amazing songs and just seems like the kind of guy that you want to have a drink with… And maybe kiss a little…
Well, appaz Ed didn’t actually use to be as cool as he is now, but he’s kind of made his peace with being “different” as a child, and attributed the rapper Eminem for helping him get over some of his quirks, as well as making him the lyrical genius that he is today.
Eminem, eh? Who’d have thought he’d play such a pivotal role in tiny Ed’s life?
Speaking to Hollywood Reporter about his childhood before being honoured at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala last night, he explained: “Having things that make you different help you become an interesting person.
“I was a very, very weird child. I had a port-wine birthmark on my face that I got lasered off when I was very young; one day, they forgot to put the anesthetic on, and ever since then, I had a stutter.
“I also had very big, blue NHS glasses, and I lacked an eardrum on one side of my ear, so stuttering was actually the least of my problems!
“The thing I found most difficult was knowing what to say but not really being able to express it the right way.
“My Uncle Jim told my dad that Eminem was the next Bob Dylan – it’s pretty similar, it’s all just storytelling – so my dad bought me The Marshall Mathers LP when I was nine years old, not knowing what was on it.
“I learned every word of it, back to front, by the time I was ten. He raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of the stutter.”
We just hope that all those naughty words were beeped out – poor tiny Ed’s innocent ears.
Inspiring his young crowd during the ceremony, Ed encouraged: “Stuttering is not a thing you have to be worried about at all. Even if you have quirks and weirdness, you shouldn’t be worried about that.
“Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Embrace your weirdness.
“From a stuttering point of view, don’t treat it as an issue. work through it and get the treatment you want to get, but don’t ever see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward.”
Motivational stuff, we think that you will all agree.
Request for and Eminem and Ed Sheeran collaboration please? Because that really would be incredible.
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