Ed Sheeran is one of the world's most successful pop acts, with millions of records sold and millions more in the bank, but the emotional story behind one of his lesser-known songs is probably worth a lot more to the global star.
In the song 'We Are', Sheeran channeled his sadness of losing a childhood friend in a car crash into a beautiful tribute song, author Sam Smith revealed in a newly released book about the star.
Aptly titled Ed Sheeran, Smith detailed how deeply Sheeran was effected from the tragedy which occurred on a school trip almost 13 years ago. At the time of the tragedy, the hitmaker was only 14.
"Ed had to come to terms with the death of someone he saw practically every day.
"He resolved to write a song about his feelings. He composed it, he said, 'whilst I got round to actually accepting it'."
While the track didn't appear on any of his albums or earlier mixtapes, Sheeran has performed the song before. In fact, it was his performance of the song during an intimate concert at The Bedford pub in Balham, south London when a record executive from Atlantic first noticed his potential.
Not only was Sheeran signed 3 months later, but the victim's family also requested the song be played at their son's funeral.
"Ed was very, very upset, like a lot of the children," the father of the victim said when speaking to the British newspaper, The Sun.
The Suffolk-born singer also played the song in a tribute concert at a school Kenya to raise funds for the 'Stuart Dines' Library in recognition of his deceased friend.
Despite all the money and fame in the world, it seems Ed will never forget those who shaped him into who he is today.
What a man.