James Bay video exclusive: ‘Justin Bieber is a mean pool player’

Bay reveals how the pair's BRITs duet came about over the pool table.

James Bay has revealed how his BRIT Awards due with Justin Bieber was inspired by their shared love of pool.

Bay guested on guitar during Bieber’s performance of his hit Sorry at Wednesday’s ceremony at London’s O2, having befriended Bieber when they met last year at an MTV Europe Video Awards party in Italy.

Speaking at The Brit’s video press conference, which can be seen above, Bay said: “Mr Bieber is very good on the pool table. That’s the first thing I noticed about him. He’s a good singer and very handsome, but he knows how to get a white ball down.”

Bay, who also performed his own single Hold Back The River at the BRITs, added: “Justin is a lovely guy, and I’ve since seen him and his manager at different points along the way. We became more and more friendly, and they were in a spot. They needed a guitarist. His manager asked ‘Hey, do you fancy doing it?’ and I just said ‘Yeah man, I’d love to. That’d be great.'”

Bay won Best British Male while Bieber won Best International Male at the awards, hosted by Ant And Dec.

The singer revealed that he intends touring for the rest of the year, neglecting to mention any plans for recording new music to follow 2015’s album Chaos And The Calm.

Bay said: “I’m touring, touring, touring and that’s the best thing to be able to say. It’s great that people want to come to see live music – real music. I’ve got so much more on the way now. There’s lots of stuff right in front of me and it’s happening all around the world.”

Bay plays a four-night residency at Hammersmith Apollo on March 28-31, before festival appearances at Wild Life, Mouth Of The Tyne and Boardmasters as well as Forestry Commission shows in Thetford and Cannock Forests.

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Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn

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