Man who wears a shed on his head says ‘leave me alone when I go to the shops’
As far as face coverings go, a man wearing a shed on his head is one of the more bizarre looks you’re likely to come across when you pop to the shops.
But for the man who calls himself Michael Shedworth, the miniature garden structure is not a response to the coronavirus pandemic but “a way of life”.
Mr Shedworth made headlines at the start of lockdown after shoppers at Aldi in Bristol photographed and filmed him queuing to get in, doing his shopping and paying at the checkout, as reported by Bristol Live.
The glare of the cameras is nothing new for the local celebrity, who previously drew attention when he strolled through the city with a shed on his head playing loud techno music, flashing disco lights and spouting flames from the chimney.
Mr Shedworth, who once uploaded a video being turned away from a job for wearing a shed on his head, has proved elusive and kept his identity a secret – but has now agreed to do his first interview.
Speaking to the Big Jubba’s YakShak music podcast, Mr Shedworth baffled host Jacob Kuenzler-Byrt by conducting the interview insisting the shed is actually his head, that both of his parents are sheds and the structure grew naturally as part of his body.
“I feel like I need to make it clear I’m not just some kind of attention-seeker trying to live out some weird alternate reality,” he said. “This is my life.”
He told the podcast a ‘small lump’ began to grow on the apex of his roof when he was 13 that developed into a chimney, and he began to get a glossy coat on the exterior of the shed which just “happens with a shed’s journey into adulthood”.
Mr Shedworth claims the music which blares from the shed is something “internal that comes out of me” and brings a lot of unwanted attention.
He also says he once had a run in with a council official after falling asleep in a Bristol park, who told him he needed planning permission to be there.
The shed-headed celeb says it’s just one example of the unwanted attention he is forced to tolerate.
“It’s not helpful to be recognised in the street as a famous face around town,” he said.
“I want to be able to go to Aldi in peace to buy my bread and my wonky mushrooms and some wood preservative without being ogled and people badgering me in the queue and trying to take selfies with me.
“A lot of this media attention, although it’s well meaning, a lot of it is unwelcome, ultimately.
“I don’t walk around Bristol with a shed on my head, I walk around Bristol, and that’s it. These people just can’t look past the shed sometimes.”
He added: “I hope your listeners have learned a bit and will keep away from me when they see me in the street, not talk to me or bother me and just b***er off.
“I don’t really like humans much to be honest.”