The ginger-haired hero, Ed Sheeran, surprised 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau as she sang Thinking Out Loud for charity

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Just when we thought that Ed Sheeran couldn’t get any more adorable, he goes and does something like THIS.

The ginger-haired sweetheart made one fan’s day/week/life this weekend when he joined her on stage to perform a surprise duet.

The 24-year-old warbler was doing a spot of shopping at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, when he heard the familiar strains of his hit Thinking Out Loud.

Lovely Ed followed the sound to find 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau performing the tune as part of a fundraiser for a local animal charity.

With his cousin Murray Cummings on hand to record everything on his smartphone, the humble star quickly hopped on stage to help a stunned Sydney finish the song.

A two-minute clip – shared by Murray on Twitter with the caption ‘Watch Ed ruin this poor girls performance in the Mall today :-p’ – shows Ed harmonising with the young singer as the crowd cheers.

As the song nears the end, Ed gives Sydney a quick hug before leaving the stage and being ushered away by his minder.

Speaking to local newspaper the Edmonton Journal, an overjoyed Sydney confessed that at first she thought someone was coming on to fix her microphone before realising what was happening.

She told the paper: ‘I was like, should I stop? I didn’t want to stop, but I wanted to talk to him.”

Unsurprisingly, she added: ‘This is, like, the best thing that’s ever happened to me.’

And Ed’s gorgeousness didn’t stop there; the paper reports that his manager got in touch with lucky Sydney the next day to offer her two tickets to the singer’s concert.

It’s not the first time (and we very much doubt it will be the last) that Ed has made us feel all gooey inside.

Just last week he gave an inspiring speech at a benefit event in which he spoke about his struggles with a stammer as a child.

He told the 9th Annual American Institute For Stuttering Benefit Gala in New York: ‘‘I was a very, very weird child. Very weird child.’

And he had some good advice for anyone feeling like he once did, saying: ‘Just be yourself, embrace your quirks – being weird is a wonderful thing.’

What a guy.

MORE! Ed’s pal Nick Grimshaw joins The X Factor judging panel

Stephanie Wood