If you’re a fan of British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, you’re in good company. The Brit is in high demand these days, writing songs for Taylor Swift and One Direction. And if he couldn’t get anymore legit, Sheeran can count Elton John as one of his biggest fans. Remember that Grammy performance? John is the one who set that up because he was so impressed with the 21-year-old musician.
Just because Sheeran loves words doesn’t mean he’s all talk -- he’s also a fan of action. We caught up with the musician to find out why he’s so passionate about fighting sex trafficking and homelessness as well as who inspired his hit single, “The A Team.” Watch what he had to say in our videos below.
Sheeran explains why it’s so important to support organizations that fight human trafficking and homelessness. “Subjects like sex trafficking and homelessness…they’re not the most attractive subjects when it comes to charities. And I think people kind of wash over them.” During his recent UK tour, Ed collected signatures and donations for Crisis (a UK charity for homeless people), and he performed a benefit concert for One25 (a non-profit that helps sex trafficking victims in Bristol, England). Is your heart melting yet?
Wondering about the girl who inspired the song, “The A Team”? Ed explains: “I was 18. I did some volunteer work in a homeless shelter and met a woman called Angel. I was young; I had never really seen that side of life, and it just shocked and inspired me.” And to think, he probably would have never met Angel if he hadn’t been so into volunteering!
YOU GUYS, what do you think? Is Sheeran even more swoon-worthy now that you know he has a heart of gold?
Even though issues like homelessness and sex trafficking are not easy to talk about, they ARE a serious epidemic, even in our own backyard. For ways to take action on these issues, check out the action widgets below.