“Basically, MLB for me is the three little letters that saved my life,” the 28-year-old reveals.
“I was going through dark depression, I was suicidal, I was all of these things. It was a really tough time.”
Admitting that he struggled through this difficult period, Jesse explains that he used the letters as a coping mechanism to help him see the light at the end of the tunnel.
“I realised that where I was in life wasn’t good. 'MLB' stands for 'Make Life Better',” Jesse says.
“I write MLB on the back of my hand every single day so that everytime I look at my hand, I’d realise and it’d be a mantra kind of thing to pick myself up and push forward and to aim for the positive and really chase life.”
Jesse adds there are extra layers to the daily act that contain meaning for him.
“There’s lot of hidden little metaphors. Every time it would fade away, I’d reapply the ink and that’s me re-instilling my faith in the idea that life’s going to be better and that good will come,” he says.
“I still write it on my hands each day.”
The singer is back for round two on The Voice this year following his elimination in the Battles round last year, after taking on the late Natasha Stuart.
Natasha sadly died in January this year following a two-year battle with cancer.
Jesse says that before her death, Natasha was instrumental in helping him through his mental health struggles.
“Last year was a really crucial moment for me as a person because I was kind of growing out of a let’s say darker phase,” Jesse says.
“I talk about a lot of this in my blogs but I went through a lot of mental battles throughout the last couple of years and on The Voice last year it was me blooming into being open and being full as a human I’d say. Tash was really a special part of that. She showed me the beauty of connection.”
For Jesse, their Battle round on The Voice is something he’ll treasure for life.
“Honestly one of my favourite moments in my music career is having spent that time with her,” he says.
“And this is 100% coming from a whole-hearted place, I told her even after The Voice, that was honestly one of my favourite experiences that I’ve had and I’m just grateful I got to spend that with her.”
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