Forest Blakk Opens Up About Tumultuous Childhood

Forest Bullock has been trying to write a song for his grandmother for over a decade.

“She was my stepfather’s mother, and she was the first safe place I ever had in my life,” Bullock told PEOPLE in an emotional interview. “I was 15 years old when I moved in with her with two garbage bags and a bag. I got off at the train station in Montreal, and I just ran into her arms. She welcomed me home. Say. That was the first moment I was. Take my breath away. That was my first sign of hope.”

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In fact, the kid who would one day become a famous singer/songwriter had experienced a very turbulent life till then.

“I think the word chaos almost understates how heavy it was,” Bullock says quietly. “I never had anyone to encourage me before. My dad used to make me miss that feeling. If I was trying to play hockey, he would try to pay me to score goals, when I was just Dad wanted to show up at the games.”

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A silence ensues, as Bullock isn’t quite sure if he wants to continue this trip down some scary memory lane.

“My father sold me ten grams of cocaine to my grandmother and my father took my name from him. purchase I from that.” He stops. “I move 10 times a year. My father was a gangster. I saw guns on people when I was young. I saw someone trying to kill him [my father] Right in front of our door. The man was shot several times, but he survived.”

Thankfully, Bullock found safety in Nana’s basement and found an emotional outlet in the guitar string. It was on this instrument that Blanc eventually wrote the song “I Hope You Know” with Steven Solomon, David Hodges, Drew Kennedy – a song that is now featured on his new album. Every little detail EP.

“I wrote this song because I really hope you know that every day I’m here doing something, every time I play a song, every time I make an album or an EP or go out and I play for an audience. , I’m really thinking about you,” Block says of his musical tribute to his grandmother.

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It’s amazing that despite the brutal challenges that Bullock has gone through, he still found a way to serve as the creator of heartwarming songs like “Give You Love,” “Come to Me,” and “If You’re Alone.” Love her.” But let’s find out, “If You Love Her” also came with some pain.

“In the middle of making my second EP on the side “And I’ve been touring for about 22 months,” says Bullock about the song he co-wrote with Steven Solomon. And I didn’t really tell anyone this, but I came home loving it. My whole life went out from under me.”

In 2019, Block returned to Los Angeles and was living in a car his label had rented for him, trying to make ends meet on little money and little faith in his future. Find ways to survive. But in that pain is “If You Love Her,” a massive breakout single that has amassed more than 310 million international streams.

“It was heartbreakingly the biggest gift I’ve ever received in my career,” says Bullock, who embarks on a 17-date headlining tour of North America in January.

“I think why it connects with so many people is because love, although it’s complicated, is very simple in the sense of what you need to do. Just be kind. Say I love you. I do. You don’t need a big house, you don’t need big things, sometimes it’s the little gestures that really make a love story.”

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And now, Bullock is living his latest love story with his new fiancée, Tully Jones.

“I feel like the whole world was black and white until the day I saw her.” “And then everything changed with her. It changed my whole life.”


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