‘In Mi­ami I had two cops about to shoot me ... they thought I was steal­ing from the stu­dio’

The win­ner of last year’s X Fac­tor tells Gabrielle Fa­gan about his most fright­en­ing mo­ment, how a psy­chic pre­dicted his suc­cess and the huge sac­ri­fices that his fam­ily have made to help him re­alise his dream

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - INTERVIEW -

Matt Terry cap­tured the na­tion’s hearts when he au­di­tioned for X Fac­tor for the first time last year, im­press­ing the judges with his ren­di­tion of Stand By Me by Ben E King.

The for­mer waiter went on to win the com­pe­ti­tion and re­leased his win­ner’s sin­gle, When Christ­mas Comes Around, which reached num­ber three in the UK charts.

Since then, he’s signed a record deal with RCA Records, re­leased his sec­ond sin­gle, Sucker For You, and his de­but al­bum is set to hit the shelves this month.

Here, the 24-year-old talks about body con­fi­dence, his fit­ness regime and how a psy­chic fore­told his fu­ture years ago.

HOW DO YOU LOOK AF­TER YOUR HEALTH AND WELL­BE­ING?

“When it comes to fit­ness, I go to the gym about three times a week to lift weights. I also re­ally en­joy run­ning, be­cause it de-stresses me and clears my mind. I try to drink lots of wa­ter and I aim for around six hours of sleep a night. My diet’s not too bad, al­though I find it hard to re­sist cakes and pas­tries if I’m trav­el­ling. I re­ally be­lieve in the power of the mind. I think if you put out a pos­i­tive vibe, good things will flow back to you. I’ve re­cently started to feel a lot more con­fi­dent in my­self.”

I send Ni­cole my mu­sic and she dances to it at home

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR BIG­GEST TURN­ING POINT?

“I’d been work­ing as a waiter in an Ital­ian restau­rant af­ter leav­ing mu­sic col­lege. Af­ter 18 months, I was de­s­pair­ing. I was re­ally con­sid­er­ing quit­ting show­busi­ness be­cause I hadn’t got a break. My girl­friend also dumped me af­ter three years to­gether, so it was a pretty tough time. Fi­nally, I de­cided to take a chance; I gave up my job and tried out for X Fac­tor, which changed ev­ery­thing. I truly never ex­pected to win. It wasn’t un­til about three-quar­ters of the way through the se­ries that I sud­denly started to be­lieve in my­self. It was a real les­son to me. It taught me not to hold back and to com­pletely go for it when an op­por­tu­nity comes along.”

IS THERE ANY­THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT X FAC­TOR?

“I’d like to say noth­ing, be­cause since win­ning my life’s been amaz­ing. I get to travel the world and be in­volved in amaz­ing char­ity cam­paigns, such as Chil­dren in Need. But hon­estly, as a com­peti­tor, I’d prob­a­bly get rid of the six chair chal­lenge — it’s hor­ren­dous and nerve-rack­ing, al­though it’s prob­a­bly one of the most en­ter­tain­ing parts of the show for the view­ers. I also wish they’d bring back the dance’ round — we ac­tu­ally filmed one that was never shown.”

WHAT’S THE MOST FRIGHT­EN­ING THING THAT’S EVER HAP­PENED TO YOU?

“(While record­ing my al­bum in Mi­ami) some­thing very scary but funny hap­pened to me. I set off the stu­dio alarm by ac­ci­dent and, be­fore I knew it, I had Mi­ami po­lice hold­ing me at gun­point. I had two cops about to shoot me be­cause they thought I was steal­ing from the stu­dio. The first thing I said was ‘I’m from Lon­don’ (I don’t know how that was go­ing to get me out of it), but luck­ily some­one from the stu­dio turned up and saved the day. So I’m safe, I’m alive and I didn’t get shot.”

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST EM­BAR­RASS­ING MO­MENT?

“I was walk­ing through Chi­na­town in Lon- don re­cently with a friend, and two women came up to me and asked me for a pic­ture. I said, ‘Yeah, sure’ and po­si­tioned my­self in be­tween them and waited for my friend to take the shot. The women looked at me re­ally strangely — they were ob­vi­ously be­wil­dered. One of them even­tu­ally said, ‘Err no, we just wanted you to take a pic­ture of us to­gether, not one with you!’ It was so cringe­wor­thy, my friend couldn’t stop laugh­ing. Clearly, I’m not as fa­mous as I thought!”

WHAT’S GOT YOU THROUGH THE TOUGH TIMES?0

“My amaz­ing fam­ily. My mum, Sharon, my dad, Bob, and my brothers, Ben, who’s 26 and Joe, who’s 22. They’re al­ways there for me no mat­ter what. They keep me grounded and sup­ported. I’ve al­ways loved singing. When I was 18, I knew if I was se­ri­ous about it I needed to go to Lon­don to train. We’d lived in Spain since I was 10 years old. With­out hes­i­ta­tion my par­ents said, ‘Right, we’ll sell up our house, go back to Eng­land and you can go to col­lege to study per­form­ing arts’. It was un­be­liev­able that they did that for me. Those three years study­ing my craft made me what I am.”

WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?

“Ni­cole (Scherzinger, his men­tor and judge on the X Fac­tor) is so sup­port­ive of me. She’s re­ally em­braced me. I send her my mu­sic and she plays it re­ally loud and dances to it at home. She sends me hi­lar­i­ous videos of her danc­ing. She’s so proud of me — she couldn’t be­lieve I wrote most of the songs on the al­bum. I’m go­ing to get to hang out with her again at the X Fac­tor live shows, which will be re­ally fun.”

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LOVE AT THE MO­MENT?

“Some­times I’m ly­ing in bed, spread out like a starfish in my pants, and I’m lov­ing life as a sin­gle guy. But then there can be mo­ments when I’m hug­ging the pil­low and think­ing how nice it would be to have some­one there. In re­al­ity, I’m so busy per­form­ing and con­stantly trav­el­ling around the world that I don’t re­ally have time to date. I only just man­aged to find the time to go to my older brother’s wed­ding, but I guess if the right per­son came along, I would.”

DO YOU BE­LIEVE IN FATE?

“Def­i­nitely. I think ev­ery­one has their own path and their own jour­ney to make. It’s been odd be­cause psy­chics and palm read­ers have come up to me and said there’s some­thing about me that draws them. Weirdly, when I was 16, some­one stopped me and said, ‘You have this blue aura, you will be a record­ing artist’. Turns out, they were right.”

Matt Terry sur­prised pupils at West­min­ster Academy as part of the Lloyds Bank Big Spotac­u­lar schools fundrais­ing cam­paign for BBC Chil­dren in Need. To find out more about the Big Spotac­u­lar, visit bbc­chil­drenin­need.co.uk/schools

X AP­PEAL: With fel­low X Fac­tor con­tes­tants Emily Mid­dle­mas and Saara Aalto, and (right) per­form­ing at West­min­ster Academy for BBC Chil­dren in Need as part of ‘The Big Spotac­u­lar’. Below, Ni­cole Scherzinger

RIS­ING STAR: Matt Terry’s de­but al­bum is out soon

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.