Ed Sheeran has a very strong message for fans: "Embrace your weirdness."
The singer recently gave a speech at the American Institute for Stuttering's Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala, where he was being honored for being so open about his past stuttering troubles.
In a moving and encouraging speech, the "Thinking Out Loud" singer revealed what finally helped him get rid of his stutter, and it just so happened to be one of his favorite rappers, Eminem.
"Though speech therapy and homeopathy didn't work, rap music became an effective remedy," he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "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."
As many Sheerios know, Ed has carried his love of rap into his own music, and even though he considers himself a "not a rapper I'm a singer with a flow," he still sounds pretty great.
In the speech, Ed went on to reach out to other kids who suffer from stuttering, encouraging them that it's not something "you have to be worried about at all."
"Even if you have quirks and weirdness, you shouldn't be worried about that," he said, before later adding. "I wanted to not necessarily to 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.... Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing."