Voice's Femi almost gave up on life
10:31am Wednesday 12th March 2014 in © Press Association 2014
The Voice contestant Femi Santiago has revealed he almost committed suicide at his lowest point as a homeless teenager.
Femi, who was saved by coach Kylie Minogue in the battle rounds of the BBC singing show and who joined her team from Will.i.am's, told The Sun about his traumatic past.
The 27-year-old, now a married dad, had been sent off the rails by his parents' divorce and fled to France, but ended up back in London three years later and living in Victoria train station.
After weeks in the station, he locked himself in a toilet in despair and considered ending his life.
He said: "I had a razor in my pocket and I was thinking about slitting my wrists and ending it all. But something stopped me. I realised I wasn't ready to give up yet.
"So I got up and carried on. A few weeks later I managed to find a place to live. Soon after that I got my first job in a company that helps people get their lives back on track."
In The Voice battle round, Femi went up against Iesher Haughton who was chosen by their coach Will.i.am to stay on his team, but he was saved by Kylie, the last judge left with a steal, and joined her team after serenading her with his plea to be picked.
He said: "When she slammed her button I just remember that place exploding. I was spellbound."