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heartache 'n' guilt Picture This singer Ryan Hennessy reveals why he may never get married

Ryan also talks about the difficulty of splitting up from someone you love, and the heartache and guilt it causes.


Picture This - June 2021

Picture This - June 2021

Picture This - June 2021

POP heart-throb Ryan Hennessy of Irish supergroup Picture This reveals that he may never marry.

The lead singer and songwriter from Athy, Co Kildare, pours out his heart on the band's brand new album, Life In Colour.

Ryan also talks about the difficulty of splitting up from someone you love, and the heartache and guilt it causes.

Along with drummer Jimmy Rainsford, Ryan chats to the Sunday World about the group's struggles to come to terms with the lockdown caused by the pandemic, performing at Croke Park, touring with The Jonas Brothers and staying grounded.

We're talking on Zoom, and the first thing I notice is that Ryan is topless with his torso covered in tattoos. "We're in London and it's f**kin' roasting," he explains.

As with every conversation, we discuss Covid-19 and how it has affected Picture This.

"It was a very scary time," Jimmy says. "It's tough when you have an idea of what your life is, and then it's gone.

"It's weird for musicians. What's different about us is that we don't go to work nine to five when we go on tour. Our whole life is the band. That is our life.

"When you're told you can't do that any more you literally have no life all of a sudden. No one can understand that.

"It's only talking to other people who are in this industry that you realise how difficult it is in every sense.

"It hits them financially, mentally, every kind of way. It's like taking someone out of their life and putting them in a completely different life and expecting them to just get on with it."


Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner.

Picture This depend on live gigs to make their money, so the lockdown has hit them badly. "We are a ticket-selling band," Jimmy says.

"We have a big crew. We support a lot of people. We're a big company, really, at the end of the day.

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"It's a big family. We've got lots of people and it's very difficult to have to make really hard decisions.

"It's changed everyone's life and we will be the last to be allowed back to life again."

Picture This have had a long time dream of playing a packed Croke Park filled with their fans - and in March they fulfilled part of that ambition.

They pre-recorded one of their new songs, Things Are Different, in an empty stadium for The Late Late Show with James Corden.

"It's an eerie thing, being in a stadium of that scale and have it empty," Ryan says. "It's just us on the pitch.

"In everyone's mind Croke Park is a place jam-packed with people and jam-packed with energy.

"And that's what we were looking forward to at Croke Park one day. It's all we ever imagined, so it was really weird. But obviously it was an amazing opportunity to play on James Corden's show. He was very nice to us and we got great feedback from that.

"It did give us a bit of normality for a minute, but playing a proper gig there is still on our bucket list."

Picture This did get the opportunity to tour with the Jonas Brothers before the pandemic - and have since signed to Joe Jonas's record label.

"We were fans of the Jonas Brothers because we just love pop music. They've got some great songs and their show is amazing because the songs are so good," Ryan says.

"The crowds on their tour were insane and the lifestyle was crazy because you're with the Jonas Brothers and getting to play the biggest venues in the world.

"We weren't used to playing in front of crowds that wouldn't know us so well, and that's so much fun. It's great to win over a crowd and make them your own. We gained so many fans."

Joe Jonas' wife, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, was a fan of Picture This.

"They were listening to Picture This in Game of Thrones and she knew about us," Ryan says. "I have to admit, we hadn't seen Game of Thrones."

Their new album, Life In Colour, is the first with Joe Jonas's label. Once again, Hennessy bares his soul on the songs about relationships.

On one of the new tracks, Lucky I Was Loved, he deals with being the partner who ends a love affair. "It's a very personal song," Ryan tells me. "It's the first time I've ever written about the subject of breaking somebody's heart and the effect of that on you.

"When you break somebody's heart that you really loved people forget that you also suffer and it's hard to deal with. That happened to me and I never really dealt with it.

"It was weird because I write songs all the time, but I was never able to write about that. When it came to Lucky I Was Loved it finally came out of me.

"That song is about being grateful that at least I experienced the love. There was a period of time where I had a very negative outlook on love and I thought I was never going to experience it again."

And as for love and marriage in the future, Ryan adds: "I don't know if I'll ever get married. I talk to people about that. It's not that I'm personally against marriage, I grew up around amazing marriages, but it's like it's slightly outdated.

"I actually don't know what to think about it, who knows… maybe I'll know when the time comes that I want to marry them."

l PICTURE This's new album, Life In Colour, is out now.

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