Why was taking part in the ‘Help’ NHS campaign important to you? How has therapy helped you?
The NHS went through such a hard time during COVID. Seeing how doctors, nurses and hospitals suffered more than ever through that time was crazy, so for me to be part of the campaign was an honour. The NHS is where I go if I ever need help. We are so lucky to have the NHS in this country – shouting about it and having a voice for the NHS is what it’s about.
Therapy has helped me massively, above all with being able to talk about my day-to-day life and navigate it – navigate my thoughts, what I want to do, what is going on. Therapy has been the thing to help me do that.
You’ve been open about the physical and mental effect being attacked on the street at 18 has had on you. Have you found working through the event to be a lifelong process?
It definitely has been. I think it’s going to be there and a part of my life forever, but if that hadn’t happened to me then I don’t know if I would be doing this. I’ll always thank the guy that hit me and put me through hell because it allowed me to grow up. It allowed me to say I can do what I want to do and I am not going to let anyone stop me from doing it.
Congratulations on the new album. What can we expect from it?
I’m very proud of the new album. It takes you on a bit of a journey that allows you to hopefully take risks, allows you to jump into unknown waters and be comfortable there.
It was a conscious choice to play with sounds and play with my pen and really have fun whilst making my music. I’m in such a happy place now, and I believe that this album is going to bring a lot of people to a happy place – to leave everything that might be going on in life and just dance, sing and have fun.
Tom Grennan’s third studio album, What Ifs & Maybes, is out on Friday 16th June
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