Ed Sheeran is used to being in the headlines. The British singer/songwriter is one of the most popular entertainers on the planet, selling millions of albums and winning multitudes of awards. But last year, the copper-top global megastar showed everyone he’s more than just a rich and famous pop star; he is one heck of a humanitarian, too.
During the filming of Comic Relief 2017, Sheeran was in Liberia to raise money for Red Nose Day, when he came across a group of boys living on the street. One of those young boys, JD, connected deeply with Sheeran, to the point that Sheeran couldn’t let him continue living in such dire conditions.
Sheeran admitted he was “shocked and appalled” by the conditions he saw children living in while he was in Liberia, and was so moved after talking with JD that he refused to leave until he knew that they were safe.
In Sheeran’s segment for Comic Relief, he finished by admitting: “Once we’re done here we’re going to pack up the camera and these guys are gonna to be sleeping in a canoe with a lot of dangerous people about.”
So instead of shaking their hands and heading back to his comfy, cozy hotel, Sheeran did something to help the boys.
“My natural instinct is to just put them in a car and just take them and just put them in a hotel until we can get them sorted,” the singer said. “Can I pay to put them in a house until we get them in a school?”
“It doesn’t matter how much it costs can we just get him and his five mates in a house with an older person to look after them? I don’t think we can go until that’s sorted,” Sheeran insisted.
The singer revealed that he was told horrible stories of the boys being sexually assaulted why they were sleeping on the streets and the unbearable thought drove Sheeran to do even more for them.
Head to the next page to see how JD is doing one year after his chance encounter with Ed Sheeran!