Professor Green’s new song inspired by lack of photos of dad

He’s been outspoken about wanting to raise awareness about male mental health issues and revealed that his own father sadly committed suicide. 

And Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, 34, has released a new single called Photographs which reflects on not having enough snapshots of his father.

Breaking down, he says: ‘Photographs conjure up so many different emotions. The ones I miss the most are the ones I never took.

Tribute: Professor Green broke down as he revealed new song Photographs is inspired by not having enough images of his dad who committed suicide

Tribute: Professor Green broke down as he revealed new song Photographs is inspired by not having enough images of his dad who committed suicide

Tribute: Professor Green broke down as he revealed new song Photographs is inspired by not having enough images of his dad who committed suicide

‘They are for me in many ways the memories I don’t have – especially the ones from my childhood. I wish I had more.

‘I was having a conversation about photographs and how there are large parts of my life where there are no photographs. 

‘We live in an age now where we take way too many pictures. That was really when I started to incubate the idea for the single, Photographs. 

Troubled: His father took his own life in 2008 when Stephen was aged just 24 and he said he has said the grief has never left him

Troubled: His father took his own life in 2008 when Stephen was aged just 24 and he said he has said the grief has never left him

Troubled: His father took his own life in 2008 when Stephen was aged just 24 and he said he has said the grief has never left him

The lyrics of the song which also features Rag ‘N’ Bone man go: ‘I can’t believe that left you feeling so low. I was just a lens going through old photos.

‘You ain’t in many of them, you’re barely in any of them, three or four of them, I wish you were in more of them.’ 

He first shared the details of the devastation that followed after losing his father Peter to suicide in his track Read All About It.

Breaking down, he said: 'Photographs conjure up so many different emotions. The ones I miss the most are the ones I never took'

Breaking down, he said: 'Photographs conjure up so many different emotions. The ones I miss the most are the ones I never took'

Breaking down, he said: ‘Photographs conjure up so many different emotions. The ones I miss the most are the ones I never took’

Old wounds: Professor Green previously has revealed that the last words he said to his dad, Peter, before he died were 'I hate you' as he had felt let down by him at the time

Old wounds: Professor Green previously has revealed that the last words he said to his dad, Peter, before he died were 'I hate you' as he had felt let down by him at the time

Old wounds: Professor Green previously has revealed that the last words he said to his dad, Peter, before he died were ‘I hate you’ as he had felt let down by him at the time

Opening up once again, Professor Green has revealed that the last words he said to his dad, Peter, before he died were ‘I hate you’.

Sharing his story, he said back in 2015 that the grieving process is still one he is trying to get a handle on as he hosted a mini-documentary as part of the BBC’s Lifeline series.

Speaking candidly, the Hackney born star said of his father: ‘He was always the parent I favoured but as a child it was complicated.

He was always in and out of my life; at 18 we stopped talking and after five years I decided to reach out to try and arrange a meeting.’

Adding: 'They are for me in many ways the memories I don’t have – especially the ones from my childhood. I wish I had more'

Adding: 'They are for me in many ways the memories I don’t have – especially the ones from my childhood. I wish I had more'

Adding: ‘They are for me in many ways the memories I don’t have – especially the ones from my childhood. I wish I had more’

Talking about the last time he saw his dad added: ‘Unfortunately we ended up arguing and the last words I said to him were “I hate you”. The terrible thing is I never got to see him again because a few months later he killed himself.’

Scarred by their last conversation, Manderson, also told how as of yet he still has not gotten over the grieving process as he struggles to deal with such a great loss to his family structure.

He continued: ‘The moment I found out my dad had taken his own life is still as clear today as it was the moment it happened. I kept wondering why no one had seen it coming.

‘I still find it quite difficult to articulate how I felt… the weird thing about grieving is it never stops.’

As well as his musical achievements, Professor Green has presented six critically acclaimed documentaries (for the BBC and Channel 4).

He has also published his autobiography Lucky, continuing his ongoing work as Patron of anti-suicide charity CALM, and, most recently, becoming a regular columnist for newly launched men’s title, The Book of Man. 

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