Jay James: singing saved my sanity

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 November 2014
Jay James

Jay James

'X Factor' hopeful Jay James has revealed that singing "saved his sanity" after injuring himself in the Navy

Jay James says singing "saved his sanity" after injuring himself in the Navy.

The 31-year-old 'X Factor' hopeful has opened up about the time he was forced to leave the Navy - where he was working as a physical training instructor (PTI) - after he tore cartilage in his knee aged 21.

He explained: "I just didn't know what was going on. My head wasn't on straight, it was all over the place, and I was dealing with so many emotions - panic, anger and loneliness.

"The thing that saved my sanity in the end was music.

"I found a guitar that I'd bought months earlier as a drunken joke and started playing."

Although he has praised Help for Heroes - a charity that aids wounded servicemen and women, which didn't exist at the time of Jay's injury - the singer admitted that he felt "totally lost" when he discovered that he had been replaced by a new PTI while he was awaiting surgery on his knee.

He told The Sun newspaper: "When you join the military, there's a pride that's instilled in you that you want to do everything you possibly can to serve your country and do whatever you can to make a difference.

"But when you lose that, when you can't serve, it's incredibly hard to deal with. I felt totally lost."

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