There’s no doubt that Ed Sheeran is an extremely talented person. His albums Plus (+) and Divide (÷), have topped the charts and shattered records. With Sheeran’s massive success it’s hard to imagine a time when he wasn’t a world famous singer with millions of fans and followers.

However, recently Sheeran spoke of his humble beginnings and the obstacles and challenges he has overcome in his life at the “American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala.”

Sheeran started his speech by saying…

I was a very, very, very weird child.I had a port-wine stain 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.”

He went on to talk about embracing who you are, why it’s okay to be different, and not to give into the pressures of fitting in.

“Most of the people that are successful started life off as a weird kid with no friends,”

Sheeran talked about how he was able to get rid of his stutter by memorizing music. He then encouraged the kids in the audience that they shouldn’t be ashamed of stuttering and being different.

He went on to say…

“Even if you have quirks and weirdness, you shouldn’t be worried about that. Just be yourself because there’s no one in the world that can be a better you than you, and if you try to be the cool kid from class you’ll end up being very boring.”

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