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Nathan Carter on excessive drinking and seeking therapy in lockdown: ‘I’m probably not as strong as I thought I was’

People may make fun of country music, but Nathan Carter is a born performer who is happy to give his audience what they want (except when it comes to the details of his dating life, that is). Having overcome the lows of lockdown — when he found himself drinking heavily and seeking therapy — he’s back on the road and aiming to break the US

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Nathan Carter photographed by Terrie Burton. Tank top, Calvin Klein

Nathan Carter photographed by Terrie Burton. Tank top, Calvin Klein

"Having a number-one record in America, for me, would mean I’ve made it." Photo: Terrie Burton

"Having a number-one record in America, for me, would mean I’ve made it." Photo: Terrie Burton

“I have had underwear posted to me. Used underwear, which is a bit mad." Photo: Terrie Burton

“I have had underwear posted to me. Used underwear, which is a bit mad." Photo: Terrie Burton

“I drank every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and would then feel like absolute shit." Photo: Terrie Burton

“I drank every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and would then feel like absolute shit." Photo: Terrie Burton

Nathan Carter performing

Nathan Carter performing

Nathan with Daniel O'Donnell

Nathan with Daniel O'Donnell

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Nathan Carter photographed by Terrie Burton. Tank top, Calvin Klein

When Nathan Carter was a teenager in suburban Liverpool, he had three posters thumbtacked to his bedroom wall: Kenny Rogers, Christy Moore and Dolly Parton. “All of my friends would’ve been listening to what was cool at the time — Oasis, Eminem, that sort of stuff,” he says. “I was definitely the strange kid in school and I did get the piss taken out of me all the time. But I just loved it; you like what you like.

But then, whenever I started gigging and making like a hundred quid per hour while all of my mates were making 20 quid here and there for working in shops, they kind of stopped laughing. Then, they started coming to my gigs.”


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