“The tour’s a long tour, so wait and see, but right now I’m touring at the same time so yeah,” he told PEOPLE on the red carpet at the American Institute for Stuttering’s benefit gala in N.Y.C.
Emily Blunt, who hosted the event, overheard the conversation and began pushing her fellow Brit for an answer. “Tell me,” she pressed.
“It wouldn t really be a surprise if I was like, ‘Yeah, it s actually going to be this date at this time,’ ” Sheeran, 24, said. “So I m going to say no and then give you a wink.”
“It means yes. That is a solid yes,” Blunt, 32, decided.
Sheeran, who grew up with a stutter, was honored at the Freeing Voices Changing Lives gala. The musician says “learning rap music” and homeopathic treatments helped him overcome it.
“I was a really weird kid and stuttering wasn t the worst of my problems, so it was just one thing I had to get over,” Sheeran said.
Blunt also struggled with a stutter from the age of 7 until she was a teenager.
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“The thing that really helped me was speaking in a different accent, like a stupid voice, doing bits and impersonating people,” Blunt said of overcoming her stutter. “For some reason when I sort of removed myself, from myself, I can speak fluently.”
Blunt admitted that as a child she didn’t have a “burning desire to act” because of her stutter.
“It never occurred to me because I couldn t speak, you know. I thought, ‘Well, I’m not going to do a job where I have to speak all the time,’ ” the 32-year-old said. “Knowing the kind of kid I was and how shy and restrained I was as a person, it’s ironic.”