Sunday 23 July 2017

Ed Sheeran wins our hearts again, as he gives inspiring speech about 'weird' childhood and overcoming his stutter

Ed Sheeran with the Songwriter of the Year Award at the 60th annual Ivor Novello Awards, at Grosvenor House in London
Ed Sheeran with the Songwriter of the Year Award at the 60th annual Ivor Novello Awards, at Grosvenor House in London
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

He is widely considered one of the most successful contemporary artists of his era, but it took a large triumph over adversity for Ed Sheeran to end up where he is now.

The British singer has previously spoken about his ""uncool" childhood.

Ed Sheeran arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)
Ed Sheeran arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

"I wasn't exactly normal and I've come out of it on top. My view on it is God looked down one day and was like 'f***ing hell, you need some help mate, here's a guitar,'" he once told Q Magazine.

And this week, the hitmaker was honoured by the American Institute for Stuttering for overcoming his speech impediment.

Ed Sheeran is the first British artist to have reached two billion streams on Spotify
Ed Sheeran is the first British artist to have reached two billion streams on Spotify

"I was a very, very weird child. I had a port-wine stain birthmark on my face that I got lasered off when I was very young," he told the audience during his speech.

"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 — NHS is the National Health Service, one day I hope you’ll have the same! And I lacked an eardrum on one side of my ear, so stuttering was actually the least of my problems."

However, Sheeran (24) discovered an innate talent for music, which would ultimately propel him to international stardom.

"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 10. He raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of the stutter."

The award winning star also told those in attendance, and his legions of fans worldwide, to embrace the things that make them different.

"I wanted to not necessarily shed light on stuttering or make it a thing, but stress to kids in general to just be yourself, because there’s no one in the world that can be a better you than you.

Ed Sheeran and Kermit the frog
Ed Sheeran and Kermit the frog

If you try to be the cool kid in class, you’ll end up very boring and doing plumbing for someone who apparently wasn’t that cool. Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing.… I have a f-ing football team now, that’s pretty cool!"

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