The Voice star Michelle John has revealed that she was the victim of domestic abuse.
The singer opened up about how she had suffered for years.
“I went through a relationship where I experienced domestic violence and that knocked my confidence for a long time,” she told the Daily Star Sunday. “It was verbal and physical.
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“It took me a long time to be able to gather the strength to leave and to be able to say to myself ‘I’m something of value.’”
Describing herself as a “survivor” and “fighter”, she added: “It never leaves you, but you can channel that emotion into other things and I do that with my singing.”
Michelle, who is being mentored by will.i.am on the show, has won legions of fans thanks to her powerful voice.
The 43-year-old singer, who grew up in Peckham, is finally getting time in the spotlight after years working as a backing singer.
She has spent the past 13 years working with Eric Clapton on his worldwide tours, and has provided backing vocals for acts including Ed Sheeran, The 1975 and Joss Stone.
Michelle has also worked extensively as a vocal coach. She coached contestants on Pop Idol and helped artists such as as Razorlight, Girls Aloud, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X, Mis-Teeq, Bryan McFadden, Westlife and most recently, Rita Ora.
She’s also had the privilege of performing for President Barack Obama at The White House.
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Michelle, who sang It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, in her blind audition, has won praise from all four of The Voice mentors. “This lady has a powerful voice and an extraordinary range,” said Tom Jones. “The natural sound of your voice is what I really love.”
Gavin Rossdale remarked on her long journey to fame, saying she had “taken all this time to come forward.”
Says Michelle: “I love my job but I thought – not in an ungrateful way – but it’s my time.”
Good for her!