HOW KT TUN­STALL DE­FEATED HER DEMONS

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The singer opened up about her per­sonal strug­gles after los­ing her fa­ther and get­ting di­vorced. She re­vealed that ther­apy helped her through and she now be­lieves funded coun­selling ses­sions should be freely avail­able so ev­ery­one can ben­e­fit. She said: “I think ther­apy is a bri l l iant thing. Ev­ery­body on the planet should get ther­apy. “It’s an amaz­ing tool for us as hu­man be­ings to process phys­i­cal sit­u­a­tions and an amaz­ing way for us to get to know our­selves, ask dif­fi­cult ques­tions in a safe way and not cause up­set to the peo­ple around us.” The star, who moved to the US fol­low­ing the break­down of her mar­riage, said she also uses med­i­ta­tion to help with her men­tal health. And she uses her mu­sic as an out­let for her feel­ings. She said: “If I was prime min­is­ter, I would f ind a bil­lion­aire who would fund ev­ery sin­gle per­son to get ther­apy once a week. “We’d be much hap­pier peo­ple. “I’ve al­ways con­sid­ered my­self re­ally lucky that I

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can lit­er­ally turn s**t into gold. You can have the worst sit­u­a­tion and turn it into a great song and start mak­ing money.”

KT, from St An­drews, but now based in Los An­ge­les, said she has faced “mas­sive change” since the death of her adop­tive fa­ther and the break­down of her mar­riage five years ago.

She said: “I’m re­ally proud I can stand where I am now and look at it from a dis­tance.

“I’m a dif­fer­ent per­son and it’s be­cause I did the work to be a health­ier, hap­pier, wiser per­son than I used to be.”

KT, 43, also tells how mu­sic helped her through some dif­fi­cult years.

In the STV se­ries This Is Me, KT takes a ret­ro­spec­tive jour­ney through her life so far, ex­plor­ing the highs and lows.

She said: “I went through some re­ally dif­fi­cult per­sonal stuff.

“When my fa­ther passed away it made me re­alise I’d made some re­ally dumb choices in my life and I ended up mis­er­able. I was with the wrong per­son and I didn’t re­ally know my­self at all.

“So I packed up ev­ery­thing and moved to Cal­i­for­nia. I thought I was go­ing to take a ma­jor break from mu­sic so KIN was un­ex­pected.”

The al­bum was the first in a trilogy the singer will re­lease on the themes of spirit, body and mind.

The sec­ond part, WAX, is out now and marks her sixth stu­dio al­bum.

She said: “KIN was about a phoenix ris­ing from the ashes.

“It felt very pos­i­tive and it was about over­com­ing real ly chal­leng­ing things.”

KT talks through some of her favourite tracks and bands in­clud­ing Beck, David Bowie and Chrissie Hynde of The Pre­tenders.

She said: “I’ve never felt the en­ergy I have now hav­ing a fe­male band.

“They’re al l in the room be­cause they’re the best play­ers and I want to play with them.”

This Is Me, which airs to­mor­row night on STV, will also fea­ture celebri­ties such as James Cosmo, Bar­bara Dickson, n, John Byrne and Rory y Brem­ner.

CHAL­LENGES Singer faced ma­jor changes in her life I’m proud I can stand where I am now and look at it from a dis­tance GIRL POWER KT with her allfe­male band

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