I am really excited to have author Joey Paul be a part of my music crush guest post series to celebrate my In Over Her Head: Lights, Camera, Anxiety book release. I always enjoy having Joey on! Check out her post here:
MY CELEBRITY MUSICIAN CRUSH
MATT WILLIS - BUSTED by Joey Paul
I was never someone who had a lot of crushes as a kid. I was also someone who wasn't really into music. I listened to what my parents did and I never really developed a taste of my own, until 2003 when I was listening to a newish song, while working on one of my books. The band was Busted, the song was Year 3000 (yes the Jonas Brothers covered it, but Busted were the original band), and suddenly I was super into music, becuase it was something that appealed to me. I have friends who are kinda snobbish about music tastes, but thankfully B, my best friend, was also into Busted, which meant that when I got tickets to my first ever concert, she came with me.
And that's when I saw Matt Willis in person. I'd harboured a crush having seen photos, but watching him perform just made it that much clearer. He was energetic, hot and happy as all hell to be up on stage, and I loved it! I became a huge follower of Busted, and even met Matt on a number of occasions, and all seemed to be fine until that day in January 2005 when the band split.
I was there outside the press conference, something that didn't earn me any friends in the Busted fan community. B and I had gone up with a friend having known that some big news was coming. I was upset sure, the first band that I'd really loved had split and I didn't really know what to do about that, or what to do with it. I kept listening to music, and I followed Matt when he went onto a solo career, I even nearly made it to a concert of his, but had to pull out at the last minute because I wasn't well.
Of course I kept an eye on the press, Matt's struggle with alcoholism, and then him getting clean and getting his head on straight. He married, had kids, but my crush stayed. I grew up too, we're around the same age, I think he might be a year younger than I am, but I'm never that sure. I got published and life moved on until 2015 when ten years after splitting, Busted announced they were getting back together.
I still remember the day I saw the news, James and Matt had paired with McFly briefly to form McBusted and I'd been to a concert to see them peform for the first time in ten years, but since Charlie had been the one to want to split, it didn't seem possible that the split would be mended, so hearing them back together was huge and that crush was revitalised.
I ended up going to their first tour, and their second, and I am a huge fan of theirs. Thankfully, I still have B as my best friend and she's as big a fan as I am, so we're both happy to have them back together. It's the only music I can listen to over and over and not get sick of it, along with some of Matt's solo tracks. Overall, still a big fan, and still have a huge crush on Matt!
Joey Paul is an award-winning indie author, exploring the young adult genre. She has released fifteen books in total so far, with the sixteenth due out in 2019. Her current works include the "Dying Thoughts" series, which is eight books and the "Lights Out" trilogy, as well as several standalone novels. She writes across genres, with crime, mystery, paranormal, sci-fi and dystopian being the ones most frequently on her list. She is writing her next two books at the moment, having recently finished her last two.
Joey is disabled and a graduate from The Open University with a BA (Hons) in Health & Social Care. When not reading medical textbooks, she enjoys reading crime novels, medical dramas and young adult novels. When she's out and about, she likes looking for Tupperware in the woods with GPS satellites, otherwise known as geocaching. And when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping! She's 37 and has been writing since she was retired from her job on medical grounds at the age of 19. She plans to write for as long as she has ideas or until someone tells her to stop!
Check out my previous interview with Joey here:
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.