Joss Stone has opened up for the first time about the two men who plotted to rob and murder her in June 2011.
The 26-year-old British soul singer told The Daily Mail that she still doesn't understand what led the two men to create the plan to kill her. They plotted to murder her with a samurai sword and steal millions from her.
"There was a big part of me that felt sorry for them, sorry for their mums. I kept thinking, 'What drives people to do something so awful as this?'" she said. "How do you get to a point in your life where things are so bad, so confused that this seems the right thing to do?"
"I thought about their mums, how they must feel. Someone comes to their door and says, “Your child has tried to murder someone.”
She also detailed the day she was told that her life was in danger, with police officers showing up at her door to inform her of the heinous plot.
"The day it happened I had a load of people at my house, as I pretty much always do," said Stone. "A policeman turned up and said, 'We’ve arrested some people because we think they were trying to kidnap you.'”
"It just seemed pretty weird, and then a few hours later I got a call saying someone from CID needed to come round," she said. "They turned up and told me it wasn’t a kidnap plot -- they were trying to kill me. That did feel totally strange."
The suspects were captured when they wrecked their car in her neighborhood and began asking Stone's neighbors where the star lived.
She credits their quick thinking for ensuring she remained safe.
Following the incident, Stone says she reevaluated her priorities in life and decided she wanted a change.
According to reports, she paid her record company EMI to buy her way out other contract and has now abandoned the glitz of the industry for a quieter life. She credits her good friend Paul Conroy, a 48-year-old war photographer, for supporting her in that decision.
"He was my strength in that. It was a massive thing to do, fight to get out of a contract that had made me, made a fortune -- and it cost me a fortune," she says. "Even my dad told me I was mad to do it. But Paul was like, “Go on, stand up and fight for what you believe in.”
"I didn’t even have a lawyer, it was me against the might of EMI and a lot of the time I felt like a total idiot, but he kept encouraging me, and I did it. I’ve never looked back."
Stone has now returned to the community where she grew up as she looks to reclaim a more normal life.
Kevin Liverpool, 35, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder plot and Junior Bradshaw, 32, was given 18 years.
Notes found to be written by Liverpool clarified that they targeted Stone partially due to her links to the royal family, reports the New York Daily News.
You can watch Joss Stone's video for "The Love We Had" below:
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