Rachel Paige
October 01, 2015 9:28 am

A little known Ed Sheeran fact is that he’s got a stutter. While he’s singing and strumming his guitar, you’d literally never know. But, just like many others out there in the world, Sheeran developed a stutter as a kid, and spent the rest of his childhood trying to overcome it. Now, he’s out to help others — kids and adults — by opening up about his somewhat awkward childhood.

With that in mind, Sheeran stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to talk about an upcoming charity concert for the Stuttering Association for the Young. The concert is being held as a tribute to singer Bill Withers (Think: “Lean On Me”), who also had a stutter as a child. Sheeran admits during his talk with Colbert that he still sometimes stutters, especially when he’s under pressure. The bummer thing is that his stutter could have been avoided all together, but after a botched medical procedure he found himself stuttering. Oh, also as a kid he had big, giant blue eyeglasses to really complete the whole “awkward kid” package. It appears he’s scrubbed all images of himself like this from the internet, because they’re hard to find, as in, impossible.

But, Sheeran is now putting a positive spin on his childhood, and knows that he had to muddle through it to get to where he is now.

“My way of looking at it is the reason I became a musician is God looked down and said, ‘You probably need some help getting laid,'” Sheeran joked. 

Need solid proof of Sheeran’s mega rockstar status, sans stutter? He gave a little preview of what’s in store for the tribute to Bill Withers on The Late Show. Grabbing his guitar, Sheeran performed a totally stripped down version of Wither’s song, “Ain’t No Sunshine” with Colbet’s bandleader, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Wither’s version is a classic, but this is our new favorite cover of it forever.

Check it out below, and FYI the tribute to Withers takes place tonight at Carnegie Hall.

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