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Tyler James: 'I feared relapse after Amy Winehouse death'

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Tyler James has admitted that his loved ones "fully expected" him to succumb to his past substance abuse problems following the death of best friend Amy Winehouse.

The Voice UK contestant has been sober for five years following a stint in rehab, but struggled not to "go under" when 27-year-old Winehouse was found dead from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.

The Voice contestant Tyler James posted this image with close friend Amy Winehouse on the first anniversary since her death

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"I spent a year of my life drinking a bottle and a half of vodka a day and taking tablets to switch me off," he told Metro. "I remember my mum saying, 'What happened to my little boy who was going to make me proud?' and I wanted a hole to open up and swallow me.

"[When Amy died] there were people around me who fully expected [a relapse] to happen. When bad things happen, my first thought is that I'll go under again, but now I find a strength in me I didn't know I had.

Amy Winehouse on Parkinson's TV Programme .  Singing on stage.

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"What happened when I lost Amy - loads of people deal with stuff like that all the time, you have to get on with it. It's a desire not to go back to where I was."

The 'Single Tear' singer also claimed that The Voice "brought [him] back to life" after Winehouse's death.

The Voice UK Live Final: Tyler and will.i.am

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[Tyler James with The Voice UK mentor will.i.am]

"When Amy passed, I felt differently about everything," he explained. "I spent the first three months depressed, walking around the streets and not knowing what to do with myself.

"Then a friend told me about The Voice and for the first time in my life I thought, 'F**k it, just do something'.

"I'm so glad I did. That show was an amazing experience. It brought me back to life. I'd been so unhappy for so long - it made me rediscover the buzz I get from singing to people".

Watch Tyler James in the video for new single 'Worry About You' below:

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