Superstar takes time out for Kellie

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A SERIOUSLY-ILL James Morrison fan has been brought to tears after meeting the pop star.

Kellie Gray, 32, - who listens to the singer-songwriter’s music as a way of coping with her illness – met James Morrison backstage at Market Rasen Racecourse where he performed in front of 6,800 people.

Kellie, from Market Rasen, has Gastroparesis – a condition caused by diabetic complications which reduces her stomach’s ability to digest food and can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and weight loss.

The chart-topping star told Kellie – a patient at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby – to “stay strong”.

She said: “It was so surreal to meet him. It was fantastic. He is a really nice, down to earth, lovely guy. His music touches me.

“He reaches out to people. Whenever I think of this moment I will smile sweetly to myself.

“The lyrics of his songs are so inspiring and helps me through the bad and the good days.”

James Morrison he felt privileged his music – which frequently plays in the hospice’s therapy room – was helping those in need.

He said: “I have always felt very lucky to be able to help a person through my music.

“I never thought I would be that person and I still find it quite hard to get my head around.

“I like to think I am quite a compassionate person and the fact I am able to share my compassion on such a bigger level means a lot to me. It is why I do what I do.”

He added: “Some people just tell me they like my music, but then you get people like Kellie who really listen and take every word on board. They are the people I try to reach out to when I am writing my songs. It is those people that I am doing my job for.”

James signed a programme for Kellie, writing: “It was a pleasure to meet you Kellie. Stay strong.”