James Blunt Opens Up About His ‘Best Friend’ Carrie Fisher

"She became my best, best friend."

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James Blunt has opened up about a surprising close connection with none other than the famous late actress Carrie Fisher.

The musician got candid in a recent interview with The Guardian about how he first met Carrie, and how their relationship developed.

Speaking about a time when he was dating someone whose parents were family friends of the Star Wars actress, he described being invited to lunch in Notting Hill and being sat beside her.


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“I had just got a record deal and was moving to LA. Carrie’s first question was: ‘What do you do?’,” he explained.

“I said: ‘I’ve left the army to go to make an album in LA.’ Question number two was: ‘Where are you going to live?’ I said I didn’t know. Her reply – the third thing she ever said to me – was: ‘Well, you’re going to live with me.’ So I did just that.” Our hearts!

James went on to share that he did in fact move in with Carrie, though he didn’t see much of her that first few weeks. Instead, he became acquainted with her similarly famous mother, Debbie Reynolds.

The Goodbye My Lover singer spoke of how Debbie nicknamed him Charlie and would offer him drinks.


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When he did begin to see more of Carrie, James reminisced on how their friendship blossomed.

“I came home one night and sat on the end of her bed and we talked until morning. After that, whenever I got back from the studio I’d go into her room to talk, no matter if it was 11 p.m. or 3 a.m. She became my best, best friend.”

In 2016, Carrie died of a sudden cardiac arrest at age 60.

In his interview, James made a sweet and funny reference to an awkward moment that occurred after Carrie had passed.

“I put my hand on her gate and started crying. Moments after, one of the open-top Star Map vans that drive tourists around L.A. turned up. Over the PA, the guide said: ‘On your left, you’ll find the late, great Carrie Fisher’s house … As you can see, some fans are still deeply moved by her passing.’ That was me. I wanted to tell them to fuck off, but eventually found it funny,” he confessed.


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Back in 2019, James spoke in more depth to People about his fondness for Carrie, even revealing that she was his child’s godmother.

“I mean, the world is a sadder place, genuinely, without her,” he said. “Whenever I have been in America, in L.A., that has been my home. Godmother to my child. Helped me name ‘Back to Bedlam’ because her house was a madhouse. I recorded ‘Goodbye My Lover’ in her bathroom. And she was [an] incredibly, inspirational, creative human being who saw the funny side of everything…was more fragile than I think people knew.

“But I was very lucky to know her.”

What a gorgeous sentiment. Alexa, play James Blunt!