Although we tell everyone we hate James Blunt’s classic song You’re Beautiful, secretly we all love it and can’t help singing along whenever it’s playing.
The former army reconnaissance officer-turned-singer-songwriter has quite the back catalogue of records but poor Blunt can’t escape from the haunting track which is overwhelmingly both adored and hated across the world.
It’s a strange phenomenon and now, it turns out, although the song sounds romantic, it’s actually all kinds of dark.
Here’s a refresher of the banger if you haven’t been to a wedding recently:
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Blunt revealed his popular track doesn’t have the loving meaning everyone thinks it does.
In fact, the song is about a guy who’s as high as a kite off some really strong drugs, harassing a woman on a train.
Well isn’t that romantic!
Everyone goes, ‘Ah, he’s so romantic. I want You’re Beautiful as my wedding song.’ These people are f*cked up.
You get labelled with these things like, ‘Oh, James Blunt. Isn’t he just a soft romantic?’. Well, f*ck that. No, I’m not.
You’re Beautiful is not this soft romantic f*cking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a f*cking kite on drugs in the subway, stalking someone else’s girlfriend when the guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.
Well, we’ve certainly been told!
At least he’s honest I guess? Although his revelation has probably ruined couples’ weddings and memories across the world…
Blunt also said despite being thankful about the success the song has brought him, he’s pretty sick of it.
The fact you and I are talking really is only because of that song. It’s one of the highlights of the concerts.
Not the highlight, but one of them, and for me it’s a highlight because it’s almost the end of the concert and nearly time for a beer.
But too much of a good thing turns into a bad thing eventually and it got a lot of airplay and it doesn’t take much to work out that kind of thing.
I love hamburgers, but if you give me a hamburger for every meal I’m gonna tire of it. Is it an annoying song? No, it’s not, unless it’s shoved down your f*cking throat a sh*tload.
Although he’s clearly tired of the song, he does continue playing it for fans because he knows it’s what they want to hear.
This year Blunt released his new album, The Afterlove, which he announced in the most hilarious way on Twitter.
Proving once again he’s the undisputed king of the social media platform, he tweeted:
If you thought 2016 was bad – I’m releasing an album in 2017.
Classic Blunt, once again making fun of his own music.
Let’s not forget about all of these wonderful moments:
Yeah, I bought those 20 million albums myself. RT @TroyJosephDavis: no one really likes James Blunt right?
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) April 17, 2015
2006, actually. RT @K_Dick33: Why does James Blunt have a million followers? He stopped being relevant in 2009
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) January 30, 2015
Coming out is hard. RT @megyn_wbu: Why is my brother listening to James Blunt
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) July 31, 2015
Seriously though, no one is funnier online. No one.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.