James Blunt has decided to spend Christmas apart from his father who recently underwent a kidney transplant, despite the coronavirus vaccine being approved.
The You’re Beautiful singer’s dad Charles Blount was diagnosed with stage-four kidney disease and embarked on a desperate search for a donor last year.
Fortunately, he was able to find one and had a successful kidney transplant this summer.
It was announced today the UK will become the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine and it is expected to begin rolling out next week.
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However, James doesn’t want to take any chances with his father’s health and will not visit him for Christmas.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, James explained: ‘He’s really well and looking incredibly healthy and we’re phenomenally grateful to the NHS for giving him a second shot at life.
‘But even with the news of the vaccine, I’m not going to see him for Christmas and he’s have a Christmas just with my mother I think because having gone so far, we’re simply not going to risk anything now.’
James Blunt will miss his father Charles Blount this Christmas (Picture: YouTube, James Blunt)
It’s believed that James has not seen his father since before his surgery in January as Charles went into self-isolation during the coronavirus lockdown as a high-risk vulnerable person.
Elsewhere in the interview, James bantered back and forth with Piers Morgan about their respective memoirs and also opened up about how he deals with social media trolling.
‘The thing I’ve learned from it is not to take it seriously. It’s not the real world and in the real world people are generally much nicer to each other. Also, if you are going to reply on social media, do it with a deep breath and without emotion,’ he said.
When Piers asked if he was serious about quitting Twitter, James joked: ‘No definitely not because i’m making money out of it.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.