Dublin singer Gavin James has said that he has put former bullies from his school on the guest list for his forthcoming 3Arena gig.

Speaking about his schooldays on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday night, James (28) revealed that he was bullied at school but found his salvation in music and has since made his peace with his former tormentors.

"In school I had the same size head but I was a little shorter. I had a really rough time in school until the age of 13 but then I found music and I found friends who were into the same music as I was," he said.

"After I found music I realised what I wanted to do and I just went that way and school was totally secondary for me. Even when I was going to college, I just cycled past college and went to Waltons, the music shop."

"There are two sides to every story. A couple of them said to me they had a really crappy time at home with their ma and da and stuff,"

James, who released his debut album Bitter Pill in 2016 and went on to tour the world supporting Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, released his second album Only Ticket Home last year and is due to play Dublin’s 3Arena on February 29 next year.

Asked what his attitude towards the people who used to bully him in school was now, James said, "They’re actually grand. I met so many of them in latter life and they’re lovely. They’re actually on the guest list for some of the gigs, like 3Arena.

Gavin James won the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year award in 2016 

"They used to give me a really terrible time in school and now they’re coming to the gig. There are two sides to every story. A couple of them said to me they had a really crappy time at home with their ma and da and stuff, really rough time and then obviously brought it out on somebody in school and I was the person.

"I had massive long hair in school and I was a target and I used to have to tie it back and I’d go by a classroom and I’d look like a goldfish. I had a really tough time but luckily I found music and lovely people who are still in my band."

James, who released his debut album Bitter Pill in 2015 and went on to tour the world supporting Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, released his second album Only Ticket Home last year and is due to play Dublin’s 3Arena on February 29 next year.

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