Rewind to 2005 and we were just one of thousands of girls crying into our pillows over the Busted split.
OK, that’s an exaggeration, but we were pretty devastated.
worked out pretty well for Charlie Simpson and his former band mates, James Bourne and Matt Willis.Fast-forward to 2014 and it looks like everything’s
The 29-year-old singer-songwriter from Woodbridge, Suffolk is set to release his second solo album ‘Long Road Home’ on Monday (4 Aug) and McBusted recently sold out Hyde Park at Barclaycard British Summer Time.
So what does the former Busted star – who caused the split by quitting the band unexpectedly nearly ten years ago – reckon of the supergroup’s success?
“I think credit to them. I hadn’t spoken to those guys in a long, long time and when they rang me and asked if I wanted to do it [the reunion], we got together and it was actually nice,” Charlie told Yahoo Celebrity UK.
“I’ve spoken to them a lot more recently. I’ve spoken to them a few times.”
But his former band-mates still couldn’t convince him to join them on tour as McBusted, teaming up with McFly stars Dougie Poynter, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd and Danny Jones to form the McFly/Busted ‘supergroup’.
Charlie – who recently got married – was in the middle of recording his second album at the time and admits he felt under A LOT of pressure to re-join the band.
“I have to do what’s right for me, I can’t feel pressure from people. When that whole thing got announced, there were a lot of people shouting at me,” he said.
“I was like, I wouldn’t shout at them [to do something they didn’t want to do]. Everyone needs to do what they need to do.”
Sadly for Busted (and McFly) fans, Charlie ‘wasn’t tempted’ by the offer because he was busy working on his second album, which he says was his top priority.
“I’m past that thing. It was like a phase,” he told us.
“When they were doing it [the tour], I was in the middle of recording my album, so that was always going to be my priority. But what’s nice about it is I’ve kind of built back a relationship with those guys, which I didn’t have before, so that’s nice.”
His relationship with James and Matt was tense after their surprise split in 2005 and he revealed to us that it’s taken nearly ten years to rebuild their friendship.
They’re at the stage where they can go for a drink, he said, but they’re not chummy enough for them to come to his recent Wedding.
“I just go for a drink with them [but] they’re not coming to the wedding, no. They’re playing [on tour]. We didn’t speak for years, so we’re only rebuilding our relationship now,” he admitted.
A lot of Busted fans – and James and Matt themselves – were pretty devastated about the fact the group didn’t get a ‘final gig’, because Charlie left so surprisingly.
But it sounds like the Down Down Down singer was in a pretty dark place at the time, having been signed to the band when he was only 15 and dealing with fame practically overnight.
“Yeah, to be honest I was in such a bad place then, I wasn’t really thinking about it [quitting]. I was in such a bad place at that time. I just couldn’t deal with it any more,” he said.
If you’re expecting Charlie to pick up where things left off back in the ‘00s, think again, as he’s channeling a more folk-y vibe on his new album Long Road Home, although he doesn’t have a particular band or singer than he compares himself to.
“I don’t really think about it to be honest. I just do what I do. I played some shows with a guy called Benjamin Francis Leftwich which was really good and James Vincent McMorrow, a similar vein to that, so I guess it’s in that land isn’t it,” he said.
By MazSightHe also had a lot of praise for similar male acts including Ed Sheeran and Tom Odell, championing acoustic music in the charts.
“Ed Sheeran’s great, Tom Odell’s good. I love what Ben Howard does. Mumford and Sons, I love what they do. I think there’s a real resurgence in this country now of real acoustic-led, folky style music and I love that,” he said.
“That wasn’t so much the case a few years ago. There’s a lot of people doing good things and I think there’s a lot of people coming over from America as well.”
Charlie denied having any regrets about joining Busted and he said he wouldn’t be playing solo gigs now if he wasn’t part of the group.
“No, absolutely not. It’s the best way to be. What’s nice is that they’ve been able to go do it again and I’ve started talking to them again. That’s nice,” he said.
“People say ‘do you regret being in it from the start?’ – there’s no way I regret being in [Busted]. I had an amazing time and your history leads you to where you are now and I’m the happiest now I’ve ever been. It’s crazy.”
Charlie Simpson’s new album Long Road Home will be released in the UK on August 4.
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