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Olly Murs reveals he ‘struggles with loneliness’ after estrangement from twin Ben, with the pair now leading ‘separate lives’


Olly Murs has revealed he ‘struggled with loneliness’ after becoming estranged from his twin brother Ben.

The Troublemaker singer, 40, missed his brother’s wedding in 2009 to attend the X Factor semi-finals and the pair have not spoken since.

Now Olly has admitted that in the years that followed their sudden split, he struggled to cope on his own.

He told The Saturday Times: “When you’re in someone’s womb, you struggle with loneliness. I had to deal with it when my twin and I lived separate lives.

“I was desperate to be around people, I couldn’t sit alone in a room.

Olly Murs ‘struggled with loneliness’ after estrangement from twin brother Ben (pictured in November 2022)

The Troublemaker singer, 40, missed his brother's wedding in 2009 to attend the X Factor semi-finals and the pair have not spoken since.

The Troublemaker singer, 40, missed his brother’s wedding in 2009 to attend the X Factor semi-finals and the pair have not spoken since.

The Heart Skips A Beat hitmaker tied the knot with Amelia Tank in the summer of 2023 and they recently welcomed baby Madi, but admitted he had to learn to enjoy being alone during his single years.

He added: “When I was single for three years, I had to learn to like my own company. That’s when I met Amelia.’

Olly didn’t reveal if he and his brother would ever speak again, but shared that his goal in life now is to be the best husband and father he can be.

He added: “My goal in life is to be a great husband and father – that’s where my future lies. I’d love for my career to continue as it is, but when you get married and become a father, you want to be the best for them.’

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But it’s not just Olly that his brother has left behind, Ben has also distanced himself from his parents and their sister, with the Dear Darlin hitmaker admitting that «Christmas was never the same».

Of their rift, Ben told MailOnline in January 2017: ‘I was very close to my parents but fame and greed changed everything.

“My parents wanted this bright, shiny Olly with money that could give them a VIP lifestyle. They loved hanging out with Simon Cowell or going to Bon Jovi concerts – they loved their VIP selfies.

The Essex star shot to fame as a 2009 finalist on the ITV competition series (pictured with Stacey Solomon and eventual winner Joe McElderry)

The Essex star shot to fame as a 2009 finalist on the ITV competition series (pictured with Stacey Solomon and eventual winner Joe McElderry)

The pair have not spoken since Olly shot to fame on the ITV talent show (pictured together before their row)

The pair have not spoken since Olly shot to fame on the ITV talent show (pictured together before their row)

Ben also became estranged from his parents and adopted his wife Amy Hart's last name after tying the knot in 2009.

Ben also became estranged from his parents and adopted his wife Amy Hart’s last name after tying the knot in 2009.

Olly met Amelia Tank (pictured) in 2019 and they married in the summer of 2023.

Olly met Amelia Tank (pictured) in 2019 and they married in the summer of 2023.

Former Voice judge and bodybuilder Amelia, 31, announced the arrival of their baby girl Madison in April.

Former Voice judge and bodybuilder Amelia, 31, announced the arrival of their baby girl Madison in April.

«I don’t care about anything like that, I have a beautiful life with my wife and children.»

But Olly still wants to make amends with his brother at some point.

As he buried the hatchet, the media personality explained: ‘I still want to make that change with my brother.’

Asked by Lorraine Kelly in 2018 if he thought the rift could ever heal, Olly said: «Of course I hope it’s crazy because I think about it every year, (it’ll be) nine years, 10 years.

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