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Former X Factor star Ella Henderson says she was ready to quit music before the pandemic hit, but found her way back to the piano at her parents' house.
The 26-year-old — who shot to fame on the 2012 series of the ITV reality show — said the pandemic 'couldn't have come at a better time for her' because moving home brought her back to everything that 'grounded' her and gave her the chance to get 'closer to everything that felt like home again'.
She said: "Slowly I could hear my mum and dad's feet in the hallway, listening at the door.
"Eventually they came in and they both started crying. And then I started crying because it was a big moment.
WATCH: Ella Henderson on the magical moment she got back behind the piano
"We were just sat there like, you've gone from wanting to quit, we've gone through all this and we've gone through this whole journey as well as a family in the background."
The 'Ghost' singer had struggled with a second album, telling Thornton about her anxiety and a panic attack in an LA Ikea that had led to her needing to step back.
She said: "I was going to quit music, just before lockdown. I was at the mindset of if every day I wake up [and] feel this heaviness... music for a while didn't feel like it always did."
She had previously told her management she needed to take a break, to hit pause, telling them: "I just want to find me again."
Henderson went home to her parents' house, saying it was the first time since she was 14-years-old that she had spend eight weeks with her parents. Two weeks later, the first lockdown was announced.
While she knew many people had struggled for lots of different reasons throughout the pandemic, being back at home took her back to all the things that 'grounded her again', such as drinking tea with her mum and walking the dogs.
"For me personally, for everyone to hit pause and realise how important that is in life, it couldn't have come at a better time in my life. I just felt closer to everything that felt like home to me again," she said.
Around three months into the lockdown was when she went up to the piano in her pyjamas one morning, saying it is 'so out of tune', but was the piano she grew up on as a kid. She said her parents never wanted to push her back onto the piano but she had done it for herself.
She said: "I think they always knew that was going to be the place I was gonna probably find hope again. But it came from me and I think that's what was this big vulnerable moment in that living room.
"That was literally the starting point of finishing the album. You can even hear that on the album."
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