Ed Sheeran says he was bullied in school for his ginger hair

Updated 26 Mar, 2019 12:00pm

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'I hated primary school with a passion. I cried every day,' he said

He may now be the voice of global hits like 'Shape Of You' and 'The A Team', but Ed Sheeran says he had a tough time growing up.

In a recent interview, he opened up about his experiences of being bullied in school and said, “I hated primary school with a passion. I cried every day."

The singer says he was bullied because he looked different: "I’m ginger so I was instantly ripped into from the day I started school – ginger, had a stutter, and wore huge glasses… just a bit odd."

But he made sure to add that things got better as he got older.

“But then as I got older I kind of loved it, I’ve always kind of looked a bit quirky. I never had much luck with girls and stuff like that, it was always I kind of looked a bit weird,” Sheeran said. “I got to high school, started playing guitar and joined a band. Music is one of those things that can give you confidence. You’re suddenly like ‘wow, I can actually do something well’. Before I picked up a guitar I did nothing.

“I went to a primary school that was quite sporty and I couldn’t play any sport. That was how you were cool – if you were good at football you were cool and I wasn’t good at football. But then when I joined high school it was such a melting pot of all different things and I started playing the guitar and suddenly started fitting in,” he said.

Glad that Sheeran's story had a happy ending!