Ed Sheeran: Eminem Helped Get Rid Of My Stuttering
Ed Sheeran revealed at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives Benefit Gala on Monday in New York that Eminem’s 2000 album Marshall Mathers LP helped him get rid of his stuttering problem. The singer was honored at the event, along with Emily Blunt, for his willingness to openly discuss his stuttering problem as a child.
“I was a very, very weird child,” Sheeran told the audience. “I had a port-wine birthmark on my face that 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…. And I lacked an eardrum on one side of my ear, so stuttering was actually the least of my problems.”
Sheeran said the most difficult thing about stuttering was “knowing what to say but not really being able to express it the right way.” The singer went on to note that listening to rap music helped him overcome the issue. “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,” explained Sheeran, adding, “I learned every word of it, back to front, by the time I was ten. [Eminem] raps very fast and melodically and percussively, and it helped me get rid of the stutter.”
He continued, “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… Embrace your weirdness. From a stuttering point of view, don’t treat it as an issue. Work through it and get the treatment you want to get, but don’t ever see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward.” What do you think about Ed Sheeran revealing that Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP helped him overcome his stuttering?