Jessie J breaks down in tears over Jamal Edwards' 'unfair' death and says she 'can't stop' herself from crying
2nd May 2022

JESSIE J has broken down in tears over the "unfair" death of her close friend Jamal Edwards.

The pop star – who met Jamal when she was 17 – says she "can't stop" herself from crying as she struggles with grief.


His mother, Loose Women's Brenda Edwards, said her 31-year-old son had died from a "sudden illness".

An official cause of death has not yet been announced.

Speaking on The Diary of a CEO with Stephen Bartlett, tears started streaming down Jessie J's face as she spoke about her late pal.

"I can't stop it," she said.

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"I'm not trying to cry but it's just here and it comes up.

"[His death] puts everything in perspective. All the things we worry about and are concerned about, nothing matters…"

She added: "He was so special. When someone passes you want to remind everybody of the good that they were, but he was in another league. I can't explain it.

"I know how much he wanted to live life and how unfair it feels that of all the people that could have happened to that it happened to him."

She then credited Jamal's death to helping her make life-changing moves in the past few weeks.

Jessie continued: "I know his passing has enabled me to make the decisions i'm making in my life and career with more strength and belief in myself.

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"He was someone I spoke to when I didn't feel like being told I was a great singer was enough. I met him when I was 17. He would remind me of the bigger picture.

"He talked himself into every room and then talked up everyone else.You felt his power when the world found out he had gone.

"Everyone was sad, even people who didn't know him.

"The biggest legacy he leaves is the feeling he gave people. That's what I miss the most."

Jessie – who performed at Jamal's funeral, which they called a Homecoming – got emotional as she spoke about the lesson Jamal had taught her.

She said: "The biggest thing you learn when you lose someone you love so much and who you admire and are inspired by that life is too short for you to sit anywhere other than where you're supposed to be.

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"He's inspired me to demand more for myself and from other people. Wherever I was supposed to receive for him. I have to find it within myself. No one will ever be that.

"Sorry I'm so crying right now. I'm such an emotional person, I really feel from feeling."

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