Ed Sheeran meets up with Emily Blunt on the red carpet at the 2015 American Institute for Stuttering Freeing Voices Changing Lives Gala on Monday (June 8) in New York City.
The 24-year-old singer gave an inspiring speech at the event about how he overcame a stutter as a kid.
“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; one day, they forgot to put the anesthetic on, and ever since then, I had a stutter,” Ed said (via The Hollywood Reporter). “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!”
“But it was still quite a difficult thing. The thing I found most difficult was knowing what to say but not really being able to express it the right way,” Ed continued. Though speech therapy and homeopathy didn’t work, rap music became an effective remedy. “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.”
FYI: Emily is wearing an Elisabetta Franchi jumpsuit, Kurt Geiger shoes, a Jimmy Choo clutch, and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
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