The Voice 2014: Femi Santiago opens up over suicidal years

Femi Santiago

The Voice's Femi Santiago has opened up about a tough childhood.

The budding singer - who is now on Team Kylie after being stolen from Team Will during the battle rounds - left home aged just 16.

Following his parents' divorce, Femi fled to France where he lived for THREE years before returning to the UK where he found himself homeless.

Living in a train station, Femi contemplated suicide.

“I had a razor in my pocket and I was thinking about slitting my wrists and ending it all," he said. “But something stopped me. I realised I wasn’t ready to give up yet.

“So I got up and carried on. A few weeks later I managed to find a place to live. Soon after that I got my first job in a company that helps people get their lives back on track.”

Now married with a child, things are very different for Femi who is looking set to launch a whole new career on The Voice.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Femi added of last Saturday's battle round drama: “When [Kylie] slammed her button I just remember that place exploding. I was spellbound.”

The Voice 2014 continues this Saturday and Sunday on BBC One.

Browse pictures of Team Kylie's performances in the knockouts below...

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