Imelda May opens up about ‘heartbreaking’ divorce and how it inspired her latest album

"I went through loads of heartache."

Imelda has completely transformed her look!
Imelda has completely transformed her look!

Imelda May has opened up about her ‘heartbreaking’ divorce from long-time love Darrel Higham, and has revealed how it inspired some of the lyrics on her new album.

The Liberties native split from her husband of 13 years in 2015 and although she’s found personal happiness since, the time following the break-up was very difficult for the singer, as she attempted to find comfort through making music.

I’m actually happy, I’m feeling good.” she told Dublin Live. “I wrote about everything as it happened, which is nice. I went through loads of heartache, but I had loads of great times as well and I wrote about everything for the album.

“There are some heartbreak songs on there but then I fell in love again, and had my heart broken again, I was up and down so I write about love and lust and guilt and joy and my family and my child and getting older or getting younger mentally. I wrote about everything, which is why I called the album Life Love Flesh Blood.”

Imelda with her former love.
Imelda with her former love.

Imelda and Darrel have a four-year-old daughter together, and their main focus since the split has been her happiness, something on which they have worked together.

“I think that’s just life isn’t it, sometimes you just hit rock bottom and you’ve got to just go through it and get strength from your friends and family and you realise how much love you’ve got around you.” she said.

“My daughter is my focus and she’s a happy little camper and my ex-husband and I, we’re good, we’re very lucky, a lot of couples aren’t but we’re real good and our focus is her and as long as she’s happy, we’re grand.”

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