Voice contestant moves viewers with depression revelation

Apr 11th, 2013
<i>Voice</i> contestant moves viewers with depression revelation
Apr 11th, 2013

Last night, Brisbane's Luke Kennedy spoke bravely about his battle with mental illness during a blind audition on The Voice, leading to a wave of support from tens of thousands of fans on social media.

After performing a winning rendition of Josh Groban's 'Un Giorno Per Noi/A Time For Us', the 30-year-old singer shared an intimate part of his life with the judges.

"You're now 30. What is it that you feel that has held you back?" questioned Seal.

To which Luke replied, "Two years ago I was diagnosed with depressive illness ... This time two years ago I was not in a good place."

"It's a condition where I couldn't really get off the couch. I couldn't get out of bed, I was crying all the time, emotional all the time for what seemed to be no particular reason. It's really a chemical imbalance," he explained.

As a former member of Australian operatic group The Ten Tenors, Luke's personal struggles have kept him from greater success.

All four judges turned their chairs, but it was Seal and Ricky Martin who identified most with Luke's struggles, each sharing their own personal stories of anxiety and depression.

"Twenty-two years ago when I first got my record deal I started suffering from serious and severe anxiety attacks and depression to the point where I actually collapsed in the studio from an anxiety attack," revealed Seal.

"I feel your pain, cause I've been there," added Ricky. "It's about writing your next chapter, buddy. It's about taking it to the next level, one of joy, of fulfilment, of passion and you have that all in there … Forget the past. We know it's there. Let's go and take it further man." Watch the inspirational moment below.

Luke ended up choosing Ricky as his mentor, and is clearly a favourite amongst fans.

A simple photo of Luke's audition posted to The Voice Australia's Facebook page notched up more than 20,000 likes in under 12 hours, and was bombarded with comments of support such as:

"Those three men tonight Luke, Seal and Ricky did more to help the profile of depression and anxiety than millions of advertising campaigns. It's about time we started having proper conversations about these things the relief on Lukes face when seal shared his story to was heart-breaking."

"Depression I[‘m] living through ATM, amazing these guys stand up, ah makes my life a little more hopeful! Xx," another fan wrote.

"Omg I really like him! Not only is he an amazing singer, but so real too and good on him for talking about his journey he can inspire thousands of people suffering from depression or any other illness. Great job, his honesty helps to break the stigma attached with mental illness," posted another Facebook fan.

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