Wes Nelson is mature way beyond his 22 years and admits that ‘money can’t buy you happiness’, which is why he’s now pursuing his one true love of music.
The musician rose to fame on Love Island in 2018 but has recently turned his attention from reality TV to music. His debut single See Nobody, released in October, reached an impressive number three on the UK charts so you might say that Wes hit the ground running.
Music might be his passion but Wes isn’t turning his nose up at reality TV which was the spark that made him a millionaire at the age of 21.
However, the singer admits being rich isn’t always a bed of roses.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk as part of Facebook Watch’s #DiscoverOnFBUK initiative, Wes explained: ‘I’ve always said that I’ve not changed, circumstances have changed but I haven’t and it’s important to remember that in life it’s your family, friends, health and enjoying things.
‘Money can’t buy you happiness, it’s a fact 100%. It just makes things a little easier but sometimes, it’s added stress and it’s not as easy as, “you’ve got some money now”, it’s not like that.’
Wes followed his Love Island success with a stint on Dancing On Ice last year, where he finished second place, but it will probably be his last reality show appearance for a while.
He explained: ‘I never say never and I’ll definitely be doing some bits for TV but not to the extent that it was before.
‘It’s important that I focus on music. Music’s one of those things that you can’t be successful if you don’t commit 100% and I’ve committed 100%, I’ve turned down so much work in TV to focus and it’s paid off massively.
‘So focusing on music is the priority right now but music and being in showbiz does come hand-in-hand so I wouldn’t say never say never but for now, music’s the big priority.’
They split a couple of months after failing to win the show but it was probably a blessing in disguise as Wes would, of course, go on to land a hit solo single with See Nobody.
Recalling his experience on the competition, Wes said: ‘I’ve got no regrets about it whatsoever, for me it was a great learning curve, I’ve learnt so much not only about performing on stage but music production.
‘I wouldn’t have been in the position I’m in today if I didn’t craft music production… it just helps you be a better artist as a whole. So no regrets about X Factor at all.’
Wes’ debut single was certainly an unexpected success given the stigma that often surrounds reality show contestants.
See Nobody, featuring Hardy Caprio, narrowly missed out on bagging the number one spot but Wes is proud of its success regardless.
‘It’s an amazing achievement and I’m super gassed so now I’ve got to try and one-up it now and try and get to that number one spot,’ he explained.
‘I was against Ariana and all these mega stars like that so it was difficult and a big ask to try and get to number one, even number three’s a big ask. It surpassed expectations so there’s many more songs to come.
‘I’ve got a whole batch of songs that could potentially get there so we’ll see,’ he teased.
More proud than Wes himself are his parents, who he joked know the lyrics to his own songs better than him after one listen.
Wes is now hoping to inspire and help other emerging artists through the Facebook Watch initiative and said: ‘I’m in a lucky enough position to have a good reach to get my music out there but this is giving everyone that sort of opportunity, the platform that allows you to connect with the biggest audience on social media so it’s really going to help.’
The #DiscoverOnFBUK initiative will run from December 3-4 on Facebook Watch. Fans will able to explore the hashtag across the two days to find and follow new and exclusive content from emerging artists such as Wes Nelson, Arlo Parks and Mae Muller.
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