Singer James Blunt is opening up about the close relationship he shared with the late Carrie Fisher, revealing he thought of the actor and writer as his “American mother.”
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the singer-songwriter reveals that he had met Fisher and told her he’d be recording his debut album in Los Angeles, and she offered to let him stay at her home — where he used a piano in her bathroom to record his hit “Goodbye My Lover”.
“Fisher was my American mother,” he tells the Times, “and a real inspiration.”
In fact, Blunt also explains that the title of his 2004 debut album, “Back to Bedlam”, is a direct reference to the time he spent living with Fisher, who passed away in December 2016 at age 60, because he “lived in a madhouse with her.”
He also recalls an eerie prediction the “Star Wars” actress made about her own demise while he was living in her home.
“She put a cardboard cutout of herself as Leia outside my room, with her date of birth and date of death on her forehead,” he says. “I’m trying to remember what the date was, because it was around now — and I remember thinking it was too soon.”
While Blunt cherishes the fond memories he has of his time living with her, he regrets that his son, to whom Fisher was godmother, won’t be able to get to know her.
“The saddest thing is that my son will never get to know someone I thought was the most special person,” he adds.
Following Fisher’s passing, Blunt shared a brief but touching tribute on Twitter.