I Murs heal the rift with brother Olly’s olive branch to twin a decade after bit­ter fall­out

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor

AFTER al­most a decade at war, Olly Murs is reach­ing out to his twin brother, say­ing: “One day we will see each other.”

The Trou­ble­maker singer fell out with Ben when he went to an X Fac­tor re­hearsal in­stead of his brother’s wed­ding.

Olly, 34, ad­mits he has been try­ing to con­tact his twin, with no luck.

The Voice judge said: “I did text him this year and wished him a happy birth­day. I felt it was the right time to reach out and try to ig­nite some kind of con­ver­sa­tion.

“But it was the wrong phone num­ber. It’s dif­fi­cult, it’s sad and it al­ways has been a touchy sub­ject for me be­cause it’s not just me and him, there are a lot of other peo­ple in­volved, i.e. my mum.

“She gave birth to us, had both of us in her arms. That is why it’s a tricky si­t­u­a­tion be­cause he didn’t just make a de­ci­sion based on me, it was my whole fam­ily he didn’t want to see any more.”

But Olly is op­ti­mistic and adds: “One day we will see each other.”

Last year, en­gi­neer Ben Hart, who took on his wife’s name to dis­tance him­self from his fam­ily, spoke about the rift. He told how he felt be­trayed by com­ments made by mum Vicky Lynn, 56, who claimed he had bro­ken her heart so badly she fell ill, be­liev­ing at one point she had mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis. He said: “I was very close to my par­ents but fame and greed changed every­thing.” Olly has raked in £8mil­lion since com­ing sec­ond in The X Fac­tor in 2009. His lat­est sin­gle, Moves, racked up a mil­lion web streams in four days. He will re­turn to The Voice on ITV in Jan­uary and his al­bum, You Know, I Know, is out on Novem­ber 9. He says it’s a re­flec­tion of him in his “happy space”, mak­ing the most of sin­gle life.

GRUDGE MATCH Lit­tle Ben and Olly, right

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE Ben and Olly were close

HOPE­FUL X Fac­tor star texted Ben

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