In time when it seems like there aren't as many beloved boy bands to obsess over, The Vamps have remained a staple when it comes to cranking out some solid tunes. With four members who seem to genuinely be friends and enjoy making making together, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight, since the guys are currently on tour and have new songs left and right. But in a recent interview, it was revealed that one of the guys almost said goodbye to life with the band and was very close to quitting the group.
In a very open and honest interview with LBC, James McVey explained that because of personal issues he was struggling with, life on the road was becoming too much for him and he wanted to leave the band.
"I had a really difficult time last year where we were on tour in America and things were just building and building for me. I was getting terrified of being late for a hotel lobby call. I wouldn’t be sleeping because of it. I’d be on stage and I’d be like I hate this, because I didn’t understand how I was feeling or why," James said. "I was on the verge of saying 'I’m leaving the band.'"
Since James was speaking about mental health awareness, he went on to say that opening up too his bandmates about what he was going through is what ultimately helped him pull through and change his mind,
"It took me a lot to speak to Brad. I remember we were [sitting] on like a windowsill in I think it was Argentina and I said to him, 'I'm really struggling, man. I don’t know if I can do this,'" James said. "And it's not because I didn't get on with the boys, it wasn't because I didn't like the music and the fans are amazing but there was just something. And I didn't know just opening up to someone about my emotions was so refreshing for me as a person. It really pulled me from that edge. If I hadn’t opened up about that, I probably would have left. In hindsight that would have been a ridiculous mistake."
Brad helping James through this hard time proved the bond between the guys is unbreakable. Had James not been willing to be this vulnerable and honest with the band, he might not still be up on stage with them, This further proves that just speaking about how you're feeling and what you're going through to someone you trust is the first step to feeling better about whatever it is you may be struggling with. Bravo to James.