Lee Ryan has opened up on the trauma he faced as a child after seeing a friend’s dad shoot himself dead.
Speaking about the horrific experience on Family Business podcast, the Blue singer, 37, revealed the tragedy attributed to him going off the rails after finding fame in the band as well his substance abuse as he remarked: ‘It affected me, really badly.’
At his lowest ebb, Lee told how was convinced that he was going to ‘die young’ and be part of the ’27 club’ as he ‘didn’t give a f***’ about being alive.
Horrifying: Lee Ryan has opened up on the trauma he faced as a child after seeing a friend’s dad shoot himself dead
Recalling the incident which occurred outside his home in Plumstead, south east London, Lee said: ‘I remember watching a film and I heard, ‘Bang, bang,’ I was like, “What the f*** is that?”
‘I actually looked outside and I saw my friend lying on the floor holding her shoulder and her dad walked out with a sawn-off shotgun.
‘He walked out into the middle of the road, stuck it to her head and went to shoot it but he’d already done two shots, so he went back inside, re-loaded, and she got up and ran off.
‘Then he turned around and he put the gun to his head and blew his brains out. I saw his head explode.’
‘It affected me, really badly’: Speaking about the horrific experience on Family Business podcast, the Blue singer, 37, revealed the tragedy attributed to him going off the rails after finding fame in the band (pictured in 2003)
The One Love singer also spoke about another incident that happened near his home and detailed how the gruesome events had such an impact on him.
He added: ‘It affected me, really badly. There was a woman who got murdered in my block of flats, she got cut up with her kid. It was rough round those ways.
‘I think growing up I had a lot of things to deal with that I’d seen and then I got famous. It’s not a good mix.’
Lee joined Blue at just 17 years old and went on to struggle with the perils of fame and fortune, leading to his battle with drink and drugs.
Tough time: At his lowest ebb, Lee told how was convinced that he was going to ‘die young’ and be part of the ’27 club’ as he ‘didn’t give a f***’ about being alive
The star told how his trauma and later fame led him to act like a ‘nut job’ and take the ‘live fast, die young’ approach to life, adding he believed that he would become part of ‘club 27’ – celebrities including Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain who died at that age.
He went on: ‘I was like, I’ve got loads of money in the bank, I’m in the biggest boy band in the country and I honestly thought I might die young.
‘I honestly thought I might join the 27 club and I didn’t give a f**k, I thought it would be a good way to go out.
‘That’s why I just acted like a nut job. I did crazy things, I was trying to be the most crazy rock ‘n’ roller I could ever be… I just didn’t care.
Shocking: : ‘It affected me, really badly. There was a woman who got murdered in my block of flats, she got cut up with her kid. It was rough round those ways’
Famous: Lee joined Blue at just 17 years old and went on to struggle with the perils of fame and fortune, leading to his battle with drink and drugs
‘I just thought, ‘You know what? This isn’t going to last forever’. The first car I bought was a 911 Porsche, I had that James Dean idea of living fast and dying young and being rock ‘n’ roll.’
Lee added that he felt for his bandmates Duncan James, Simon Webbe and Anthony Costa for having to put up with his behavior.
‘It must have been tough for the Blue boys, they were more sensible than me’, he concluded.
Meanwhile, Lee is planning a comeback tour with the Blue boys to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut album.
Off the rails: The star told how his trauma and later fame led him to act like a ‘nut job’ and take the ‘live fast, die young’ approach to life, adding he believed that he would become part of ‘club 27 (pictured in 2001)
Singer Duncan James, 42, said last year that they were ‘wanting to do something’ to part the two decades since their first album, but added that due to Covid-19 restrictions, they’ve found it ‘difficult’ to plan.
He added that there is ‘something in the pipeline’ as the foursome are still really ‘good mates’.
The band formed in 2000, going on to release three studio albums titled All Rise, One Love and Guilty.
Past: ‘That’s why I just acted like a nut job. I did crazy things, I was trying to be the most crazy rock ‘n’ roller I could ever be… I just didn’t care’
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