Eminem Helped Ed Sheeran Get Over His Stutter

With his beautiful voice and his utmost confidence on stage, you’d never guess that Ed Sheeran suffered from a debilitating stutter as a child.

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The 24-year-old singer was honored alongside Emily Blunt at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Free Voices Changing Lives Benefit on Monday and revealed (via the Hollywood Reporter) how Eminem helped him overcome his speech impediment.

“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.”

But even though he finally overcame his battle with stuttering, Sheeran wants young kids to know that it’s okay to have one — it’s okay to be different.

“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,” he told the younger attendees. “The people I went to school with that were the most normal and were the coolest when we grew up — I was telling Emily [Blunt] earlier that one of the cool kids from school now does my plumbing! That’s a fact!”

He adds, “Embrace your weirdness!”