Ed Sheeran has credited rapper Eminem with helping him cure his stammer as a youngster.
In 2015, he explained: “One day, they forgot to put the anaesthetic on, and ever since then, I had a stutter.”
However, during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show, the 'Shape of You' singer revealed that Eminem unknowingly helped cure it.
Sheeran and Eminem - real name Marshall Mathers - are now pals, having released three songs together and even performing with him during the rapper’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2020.
But years before all that - and before the pair had even ever met - Eminem helped to fix Sheeran’s stutter, apparently.
Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Sheeran explained that when he was just a kid his uncle gave him a copy of The Marshall Mathers LP.
“When I was nine, my uncle bought me The Marshall Mathers LP,” he said. “And he just said to my dad, ‘This guy is the next Bob Dylan. You have got to let him listen’.
“And by learning that record - and rapping it back to back to back to back - it cured my stutter.”
Elsewhere in the episode, Sheeran opened up about his friendship with the star - saying that he relates to the rapper.
He said: “I think it’s different with Eminem because he is quite reclusive, doesn’t see or meet that many people.
“I’ve known him now six years and we’ve done three songs together, I’ve played with him twice on stage. He’s another person I really relate to, as he lives in his hometown still and has his ecosystem around him.”
The 'Bad Habits' hitmaker also shared the moment he received a phone call asking Eminem to perform 'Stan' at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and said he knew immediately that he was onboard with it, despite being busy filming a music video at the time.
Sheeran explained he got the call and thought: “I can’t say no. I can’t.”
He went on: “So, I got a plane straight after my music video, flew there for the song, and then that night flew back. It was really worth it.”
Sheeran recently won his high-profile copyright infringement case in which he was accused of plagiarism over his Grammy-winning 2014 song 'Thinking Out Loud' and its alleged resemblance to Marvin Gaye's classic hit 'Let's Get It On'.Featured Image Credit: PA Images / UPI / Alamy