Ashton Wyss, now 17, says that professional treatment he received for his anorexia never helped. But in 2011, he began repeatedly listening to Eddie's debut album, +, and felt the urge to eat again.
"As soon as I played the album, I could feel my mood lifting," he shared during a recent interview, adding that Ed's music "became my coping mechanism. It helped me to let my feelings out instead of trapping them inside which makes me feel worse."
By early 2012, Ashton had returned to his normal weight. He's even studying now at the Access to Music College in London and hopes to follow in Ed's footsteps as a musician.
"It's my dream to meet him," the teen admitted to the Mirror. "The closest I came was when I waited for hours after a gig for him to appear. I nearly got a selfie but at the last second a girl jumped in front, so you can just see me in the background."