James Blunt: ‘I walk up to strangers and tell them they’re beautiful’

The singer-songwriter on crowd-surfing at Glastonbury and why he wants to apologise to the British public

Born in Hampshire, James Blunt, 47, became an officer in the British army and served with Nato forces during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. In 2004, he released his debut album, Back to Bedlam, which went on to become the UK’s biggest-selling album of the decade. On 19 November he will release his greatest hits, The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021). Next February he will tour the UK. He is married with two children and lives in Ibiza.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I’m impatient.

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