What Began As A Kind Gesture To A Friend Turned Into A Hit For Ed Sheeran

A very generous act.

While Ed Sheeran has earned immense fame and incredible Internet popularity for his many musical talents, he also has a flair for performing kind deeds, like helping out a friend in need.

Amy Wadge, a songwriter and childhood friend of Sheeran, was strapped for cash. Wadge, a wife and mother of two, couldn't pay her mortgage.

Sheeran offered to pay her in exchange for helping him write a song for his upcoming album.

"She was going through financial troubles about a year ago," Sheeran said to Mirror. "She drove to my house — my album was nearly done — and she asked if I could put a song from when I was 17 on the deluxe album, so she could get a little bit of money and pay the mortgage and bills and stuff.

Wadge, in need of money, arrived at Sheeran's house one night to write the song.

After Sheeran stepped away for a second, Wadge did something incredible.

Wadge picked up Sheeran's guitar, which was a present from One Direction's Harry Styles. She played a few lines and Sheeran seemed incredibly intrigued. They wrote the song in under 20 minutes.

What was that brilliant song that Wadge wrote for Sheeran? It was “Thinking Out Loud.”

"Thinking Out Loud" rose to the top of the charts and has been streamed half a billion times.  

Wadge is grateful to Sheeran and she is proud of his success.

"My husband and I were in tears when we watched him at Glastonbury," Wadge said to Wales Online. "Ed is like a member of the family. He used to live here and we would make him dinner and do his washing and now he's headlining Glastonbury on his own."

Thanks to the song's success and Sheeran's generosity, Wadge and her family are doing better financially.

"Now she never has to worry about money again," Sheeran said to Mirror.

(H/T: Mirror)