Britain's Got Talent star Jonathan Antoine has said that the show saved him from sucicide.
The Opera singer tells The Sun today how he used to self-harm after being bullied over his weight in school.
"I felt that life was pointless. I was suicidal," the 17-year-old performer said. "I felt like I was on a roller coaster that only went up and I was just waiting for a drop. A catastrophic drop. It did come eventually and it was not pleasant."
He admitted: “I had suicidal thoughts. It was a serious thing. I was a danger to myself. I would self-harm. I’d cut my arms and my torso."
Fortunately, Jonathan's pal Charlotte helped him get through the worst after he quit school, and the pair are now due to release an album together after wowing on Britain's Got Talent.
The pair's record - Together, out September 24 - features classic opera tracks as well as covers of mainstream songs such as Take That.
"We weren’t entirely sure on some of the pop songs," Jonathan admitted. "We were shaken by it as we couldn’t work out how it would fit into our genre. I like pop music but it doesn’t exactly promote interesting arrangements or vocal technique.”
But he added: “This has definitely helped me. I’m not a man of faith but this feels like a miracle.
“Now, I don’t wake up at one in the morning. I come home at one in the morning.
“And I am tired now because I’m doing something I love to do. I feel very happy.”