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Drink made me a zombie, says Murs

Olly Murs has said drinking and depression turned him into a "zombie" as he struggled to come to terms with fame after The X Factor.

The 30-year-old Troublemaker singer confessed that he was not emotionally prepared for celebrity after finishing as the runner-up in the show's sixth series in 2009.

The likeable star also revealed that he would "100%" accept if Take That asked him to tour in the place of Jason Orange, who quit the band last year.

He told the Mail on Sunday's Event magazine: "It was straight off the back of the X Factor tours. I was drinking too much, I'd always want a drink - vodka and orange - before I performed. You have this split personality.

"You save all the smiles and the happiness for the performance and then it was like you just switched off. I was moody all the time.

"I was doing these crazy 16-hour days, seven days a week, and the reality was I couldn't handle it but I couldn't admit that to myself, let alone anyone else.

"I was like a zombie but underneath it all I was just worrying about what was going to happen to me and I was actually depressed."

Matters came to a head when Murs broke down crying and was told by his management to take a break.

He said that it took two weeks to sort himself out but he came back and "everything just flew from that point".

Murs, who tours and meets up regularly with former Take That founding member Robbie Williams, also responded to rumours that he will be asked to stand in for Orange when the band tour this year.

He said: "I'm a huge fan but I don't think anyone could fill Jason's shoes. But if they asked me I'd do it 100%."

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