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This star singer is often mistaken for drunk — but the truth is so much more interesting.

Just because someone lives their life on the stage doesn't mean we know everything about them. In fact, it seems like the things we don't know about them are often the most interesting and inspiring.

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Megan Washington is an award-winning Australian musician with a secret.

But she's ready to be straight with us about a problem she's had for her entire life. First, however, she wants to be clear: "I know that other people in the world have far worse things to deal with."


You see, she has a stutter.

And that's what she wants to come clean about; that's her big semi-confession. (I say "semi" because it's not like she's hidden it for years, but she does admit, "I've never really talked about it before so explicitly.")

Whoa, now that is super interesting. Because just from listening to her music, you'd have no idea.(*Spoiler alert: Scroll down to hear some of her music.*)

So, what's that like, living your life on stage with a speech impediment?

"There are some interesting angles to having a stutter," Washington explains. Sometimes, people think she's forgotten their name. Other times ...

In the end, having a stutter is why singing means so much to her.

Because as Washington says,

    "Somehow, through some miraculous synaptic function of the human brain, it's impossible to stutter when you sing."

For the full effect of how awesome and inspiring this woman is, I'd really recommend checking out the video of her TED talk. Not into that? Then skip below for a listen of my favorite song off her new album, "There There."

"My Heart Is a Wheel" from Washington's recent album "There There."


FUN FACTS: Did you know?

Washington's not the only famous person with a stutter. Here are some others:

1. Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter known for "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." Withers explains in this neat podcast that he stuttered until he was about 30 years old.

2. Joe Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States. As a kid, Biden was teased by classmates and even teachers for his stutter. He talks about it here on "The View."

3. Lewis Carroll, author of "Alice in Wonderland." Carroll reportedly stuttered throughout his life (and allegedly wasn't allowed to become a priest because of it).

4. And what better way to end this post than with perhaps the most famous stutterer of all ... Porky Pig. "That's all, folks!"

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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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