Tyler James has admitted that when he discovered that his best friend Amy Winehouse had died last summer, he considered taking his own life also.
The 30 year old singer was featured on The Voice last night and admitted that he had known the late singer since they met in school at the age of 12.
He described himself and Amy as ‘two halves of the same person’ and claimed they were incredibly close throughout her short life. Speaking to The People, the handsome performer also admitted that he contemplated suicide, when he was told that his friend had been found dead in her Camden home last year.
Tyler said that when she was alive, he and the ‘Back To Black’ hitmaker were ‘two peas in a pod,’ so her passing totally devastated him in every way.
“There was a moment when my world collapsed, and I was like ‘you know what, f*** this. F*** life. I’m definitely going to do myself in today’.”
However, it was his mum that persuaded him not to waste his life and he added:
“Mum knows part of me is self- destruct and said ‘I don’t want to feel how Mitch (Amy’s dad) feels, tomorrow’. When she said that I bucked up.”
On last night’s show James explained that he feels that the best way to carry on and make something of his life, is to strike out on his own and properly pursue his music career.
He used to have a record deal, but was dropped by Island Records in 2005. However, he could now stand a chance of winning one with Universal, if he manages to win the BBC competition.
Last night, Tyler sang ‘Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay’ by Otis Redding and was offered a place in Team Will.i.am, which he gladly accepted.
Afterwards the Black Eyed Peas star said:
‘Thank you for hitting that high note, and your falsetto at the end. Through your whole performance you sounded really good but it was that last falsetto thing you did, that showed me your range and how smooth you can be at the same time. You’re awesome.’
High praise from an international star!
James now goes on to compete against his fellow contestants in the Battle Rounds,m which will air in two weeks time. Do you think he has what it takes to make the live shows? Leave your comments below….