The Voice: Tyler James “I had my cheekbones, jaw, nose and spine broken by a gang of ten men”
He’s got Will.i.am as his coach and he’s a favourite to make it to the final of The Voice, but singer Tyler James has revealed his confidence was knocked after he was attacked in the street by a gang of ten men – and ended up in hospital for five days.
“I was at the bus stop in Bow [in east London] and [this gang] came up to me,” he says. “They said, ‘Give me your phone,’ but as I went to put my hand in my pocket, they started punching me… I couldn’t get myself up, I was covered in blood. I felt a foot go across my nose and I heard it break. It was horrible, terrifying. I was just waiting to get stabbed.”
The attack, which took place in 2005, broke both his cheekbones, his jaw, his nose and three parts of his spine. “I had to get a plastic surgeon to put my nose back together,” says Tyler, now 29.
He developed agoraphobia and was scared to be at home alone unless he was drunk. “I was drinking morning, noon and night for three months,” he says.
Tyler moved in with his friend and, later, on-off girlfriend Amy Winehouse, who he credits with nursing him back to health. “She made me chicken soup,” he remembers. “I’d cry my eyes out… At first it didn’t feel right to sleep together, but after I got better, it just felt right. She was my soulmate.”
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