James Blunt has opened up about the devastating loss of good friend Carrie Fisher
Opening up about the late Star Wars actress on Radio X, the 42-year-old recalled the moment she let him stay at her home in Los Angeles and in the process helped him record three of his studio albums.
"Well, I mean, it’s an absolute tragedy," he began. "She’s godmother to my child and I’m very sad that he won’t grow up to know someone who was such a special woman, who helped me when I recorded, well, three albums now."
The musician then recalled the moment they met in London's Notting Hill, where Carrie invited the singer to stay at her Los Angeles home while he found his feet in the city.
Carrie took James as her date to the European Premiere of Star Wars in 2015
I’m very sad that he won’t grow up to know someone who was such a special woman.
He recounted: "I said, 'I've got a record deal and I'm moving to LA,' she said, 'Well, you're going to need a place to stay,' and she put me up, and has been really, I suppose, my kind-of, godmother in the States, my landlady definitely, but she was a very, very special woman and it's an absolute tragedy that she's gone."
While he admitted the world "won't be nearly as much fun without her", James enthused that the star went out on a high.
The Goodbye My Lover hitmaker praised: "I suppose the only positive that I take from it is that she’d been riding high – back as General Leia in the new Star Wars movie – and she went out on a high and with a bang… I mean, I think life won’t be nearly as much fun without her.
"She was just the most incredible person, who… She was a hugely bright person and her brain just jumped between subjects and she was an incredible writer and comedian in her own way."
James stayed at Carrie's Los Angeles home when he was starting out in music
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Fri, December 30, 2016
Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84 just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher's death. The Hollywood actress stole our hearts in 1952 movie Singin' in the Rain. Here we celebrate her life in pictures.
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James said the 'world won't be nearly as fun' without Carrie
Star Wars fans may recall that Carrie took James as her date to the The Force Awakens European premiere back in 2015.
When asked what the premiere had been like, the 60-year-old actress beamed: "I get James Blunt for a date, yes! I really did well… You see you can get this but you have to be good."
Carrie passed away on December 27 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles four days earlier.