Blue singer Lee Ryan says he was ‘affected really badly’ after witnessing friend’s dad shoot himself dead

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Lee Ryan has candidly opened up about a childhood memory which affected him after seeing his friend's dad shoot himself dead in front of him.

The singer, who has been banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding, said the incident left him so traumatised that he went off the rails.

Speaking about the horrifying experience on the Family Business podcast, the 37 year old shared: "I remember watching a film and I heard, 'Bang, bang', I was like, 'What the f**k is that?'

"I actually looked outside and I saw my friend lying on the floor holding her shoulder and her dad walked off with a sawn-off shotgun.

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"He walked out into the middle of the road, stuck it to her head and went to shoot it but he'd already done two shots, so he went back inside, re-loaded, and she got up and ran off.

"Then he turned around and he put the gun to his head and blew his brains out. I saw his head explode," Lee expressed.

The Blue star went on to reveal that it affected him badly and detailed other incidents that happened in his area.

"It affected me, really badly. There was a woman who got murdered in my block of flats, she got cut up with her kid. It was rough round those ways.

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"I think growing up I had a lot of things to deal with that I'd seen and then I got famous. It's not a good mix."

Lee, who hit back at trolls who told him he 'gained weight' in lockdown, joined boyband Blue when was 17 and struggled with the perils of fame and fortune.

He continued: "I was like, I've got loads of money in the bank, I'm in the biggest boy band in the country and I honestly thought I might die young.

"I honestly thought I might join the 27 club and I didn't give a f**k, I thought it would be a good way to go out.

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"That's why I just acted like a nutjob. I did crazy things, I was trying to be the most crazy rock 'n' roller I could ever be … I just didn't care.

"I just thought, 'You know what? This isn't going to last forever'. The first car I bought was a 911 Porsche, I had that James Dean idea of living fast and dying young and being rock 'n' roll.

"It must have been tough for the Blue boys, they were more sensible than me," Lee concluded.

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