Tom Grennan shares his story about being attacked in New York.


Singer-songwriter Tom was forced to cancel a gig last month when he was set upon outside a pub in New York City – but he was determined not to let the terrifying incident get him down

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Tom Grennan, singer and songwriter, opened up about the horrific attack he had in New York last month while on his American tour.

After a performance in Manhattan, the 26-year old Little Bit Of Love singer was attacked outside a bar. He suffered a ruptured eardrum, concussion, and other injuries.

After being treated for his injuries, the British star had to cancel his Washington date.

Grennan shared his story with Silver Screen Beat about the incident in which he was robbed. “I was in the wrong part of town really, stupidly. I went for a few drinks after a gig to celebrate, and I don’t really know New York, but it turned out to be wrong place at the wrong time.

“I couldn’t let it spoil the experience and it didn’t, I’ll never forget that trip and we went to Australia straight after. It has been the most incredible year or two for me.”

Fans were shocked to learn of the attack at the time. One Twitter follower wrote: “Oh my god, Jesus… I’m in shock. What the hell is going on on this planet? I have no words, get well soon Tom.”

Another author wrote: “I can’t still believe it. I can’t help imagining the scene of the attack. I feel so sad for you.

“Give us news asap. Hope you’ll get well soon Tom. You’re a so beautiful person. This world is inhuman.”

It’s been a rapid rise to stardom for the former promising footballer who was once on the books of Luton Town, but who ended a potential professional career as he didn’t think he’d make it. Instead, he focused on his studies and picked up a guitar to learn how to play it. He also performed in London, writing his own songs.

He explained that he was seen in Finsbury Park playing in a bar. “Amazingly I was in the pub when a guy from Sony Music wanders over and asks me if I wrote the tunes. He took my email address and encouraged me to record a few bits.

“I did and put them out online. Suddenly I was meeting other labels too, but I signed with the guy who first spotted me.”

Since then, he has enjoyed two top-10 singles and sang on Artists for Grenfell’s record Bridge Over Troubled Water. His latest album, Evening Road also reached No.1 on charts. He has achieved critical success in music as well as commercial success.

He said: “I came to it late, but when it happened it was fast and very organic — in a way that doesn’t seem to happen often any more.”

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