Guy Sebastian breaks down over friend's death

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Guy Sebastian became emotional during an interview with 60 Minutes. Photo: Channel Nine

The Voice Australia judge Guy Sebastian was left fighting tears during an emotional interview with 60 Minutes.

The 37-year-old had to pause to control his emotions after being asked about the death of his friend, musician Luke Liang.

“I was overseas, I was in LA, and I got a phone call. One of my friends passed away, so...,” he started, before having to stop.

His wife Jules, who was also in the interview, comforted her husband and put an arm around his shoulders.

“How do I talk? It was a mate of mine who passed away, and he lost his life to...,” Guy continued.

The singer had been talking about his new song, Choir, which he wrote for his friend, who lost his battle with mental health.

Jules tried to comfort her husband during the interview. Photo: Channel Nine

Guy had previously revealed he wanted the song to be a reflection of his friend and also let other people know they were not alone.

“Luke made my life better and made life more fun,” he said in an interview with Sony Music in May.

“I wanted to write something that was more joyful and that made people want to think of his life and celebrate it rather than feel grief, because I know he wouldn’t want that.”

Order of Australia

Guy also spoke about his surprise after being recognised with an Order of Australia Medal, for his work helping those in need, particularly through The Sebastian Foundation, which he and wife Jules founded in 2013.

“I teared up when I found out. It's a massive honour, you know?” he said during the interview.

Guy Sebastian has been recognised with an Order of Australia medal. Photo: Getty

Awkward interview moment

He’s happily married with two kids now, but before he got serious with his wife Jules, Guy Sebastian had eyes for his The Voice co-star, Delta Goodrem.

The pair went on a couple of dates not long after Guy won Australian Idol in 2003. He and Jules had broken up, and Delta was already an Australian icon at the time, thanks to the huge success of her debut album.

It was a rather awkward moment during the interview with Tom Steinfort.

“It was actually the first thing I said to Jules when we got back together,” Guy said.

“I said, just so you know, I went on a few dates with Delta.”

Guy and Jules

Celebrity stylist Jules had been dating Guy before he shot to fame with Australian Idol,but as his career started skyrocketing, they broke up.

They reconnected some time later, with Guy joking on 60 Minutes, “She broke up with me and then I got famous and suddenly she wanted to get back together.”

In 2008, they made it official and tied the knot, and now share two sons, Hudson and Archer.

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