Emeli Sande’s suc­cess­ful ca­reer de­stroyed her mar­riage

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

The ‘My Kind of Love’ hit­maker di­vorced her child­hood sweet­heart Adam Gouraguine in 2013 - just one year af­ter get­ting mar­ried - at the peak of her fame and now, on re­flec­tion, she thinks her im­pres­sive achieve­ments ru­ined her re­la­tion­ship. Asked by The Sun news­pa­per if she re­gret­ted get­ting hitched dur­ing the peak of her fame, she said: “Yeah, I would have loved to have had more time to­gether. “He had his dreams and I had mine, and I feel like he was so sup­port­ive of mine. It was very fast. “But there is noth­ing I re­gret about do­ing my mu­sic be­cause it was some­thing I have al­ways wanted to do since I was a kid and I had no idea there was go­ing to be that ex­plo­sion.” The 29-year-old singer be­lieves she had no choice but to call off the mar­riage be­cause she felt she was los­ing sight of her­self. She ex­plained: “I had to be like, ‘I need to fig­ure out who I re­ally am and I can’t ex­pect you to wait around for it - that’s very un­fair’. I didn’t want to be in a re­la­tion­ship un­til I was re­ally cer­tain of who I am, and I needed to be alone to do that.” Af­ter she and Adam went their sep­a­rate ways, Emeli suf­fered a break­down as she was strug­gling to deal with life on her own. How­ever, she be­lieves pen­ning her forth­com­ing al­bum ‘Long Live the An­gels’ - and, in par­tic­u­lar, her new sin­gle ‘Breath­ing Un­der­wa­ter’ - has re­ally helped her over­come her demons. She said: “I treated it as a di­ary, it was like my own kind of ther­apy re­ally for my­self. With ‘Breath­ing Un­der­wa­ter’ I was at a point in my life where the worst had hap­pened, I was over that. “That was me putting the bricks back to­gether and re­ally start­ing to find my stride in life. The things I thought were im­pos­si­ble like be­ing alone, be­ing in­de­pen­dent, know­ing my­self, all of these things. Sud­denly I was fac­ing places that I never thought I could for me. I sur­vived the one thing I feared the most and I re­ally faced my­self. It was the first time I had ever been alone, re­ally. I re­ally felt free. I could do any­thing I want. I put my­self in my own box and then I sud­denly broke free.”

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