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Have You Ever Been Compared to Ed Sheeran? Here’s How to Embrace It

Redheads are always compared to other redhead celebrities

We hear from a lot of redhead men that they get compared to Ed Sheeran — even if they don’t look anything like him aside from the red hair. Redheads are often compared to celebrities like Ed Sheeran due to the distinctive and relatively rare nature of our hair color. Red hair is less common than other hair colors, occurring in only about 1-2% of the world’s population. This rarity makes red-haired individuals stand out, and when a prominent celebrity like Ed Sheeran is also a redhead, people tend to make comparisons more readily. Additionally, because red hair is a noticeable feature, it’s often one of the first things people mention when trying to describe or compare someone.

It doesn’t stop at Ed Sheeran either. There aren’t many famous redhead men out there — if you’re a redhead male, you are bound to be compared to Prince Harry or Ron Weasley, too. This can get old pretty quickly, but there are a few things you can do to try and embrace it and spin it in your favor: 

Tip #1: Simply embrace it

If you want to take the high road and embrace the joke, do it. Embracing comparisons to celebrities like Ed Sheeran can be a fun and positive experience. Here are some ways to make the most of it:

  • Take it As a Compliment: Ed Sheeran is famous! He’s a great singer who has made a big name for himself. Tell the person “thanks!” and move on. Chances are they are either genuinely paying you a compliment or doing it to get a rise out of you.
  • Use it in Your Favor: Maybe looking a little something like a famous singer (even if you don’t) will work in your favor. Make an Ed Sheeran song your go-to karaoke jam, or use a photo of him (and one of his many celebrity friends) as your lock screen. Leaning into the joke means they can’t use it against you anymore.
  • Celebrate Uniqueness: Recognize that being compared to a famous person highlights your unique and distinctive features, which is a compliment in itself.
  • Confidence Boost: Take it as a confidence boost. Being compared to someone successful and admired can reinforce your self-esteem.
  • Humor and Lightheartedness: Use humor to enjoy the comparisons. It can be a great icebreaker in social situations and can help you connect with others.
  • Leverage for Conversation: Use the comparison as a conversation starter. It can be an easy way to engage with new people and make connections.
  • Inspiration: If the celebrity has qualities you admire, use the comparison as inspiration to pursue your own goals and passions with similar dedication.
  • Style and Fashion: If you like the celebrity’s style, you can take inspiration from their fashion choices or grooming habits to enhance your own look.
  • Positive Perspective: Focus on the positive aspects of the comparison. Acknowledge the achievements and qualities of the celebrity and see the comparison as a form of recognition.

By embracing these comparisons with a positive attitude, you can turn them into a source of joy and confidence.

Tip #2: Shut the convo down 

If you’re at your wit’s end, it’s time to shut the convo down.

  • Call Them Out! If you really want to end the conversation, call the person out. Let them know they are stereotyping, being rude, or offending you. Ask them why they think you look like Ed Sheeran. Is it the hair? Making someone explain themself may diffuse their ego a little.
  • Don’t React: If it really bothers you, don’t react. If someone is trying to get a reaction out of you, the last thing they want is for you to flat out ignore them. Change the subject, walk away, or just don’t respond. Eventually, they will get the hint and find a new joke to try and land. 

At the end of the day, Ed Sheeran is a well respected celebrity with loads of talent. He’s also funny!

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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