Brett Lee finds solace in India

Friday, 13 August 2010 - 11:04am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

After his bitter split, cricketer Brett Lee finds solace in music performances in India; to tour the country with his newly-formed band.

After Brett Lee’s former wife Liz Kemp cited him being away in India as a reason for their separation, the cricketer has decided that he will be spending more time in the country, apparently trying to mend his broken heart.

“Music is my passion, no doubt about that. I would want music to be my future — who doesn’t want to be a rock star. I’ve always joked that I was a musician who used his sport to prop himself up but the India tour could be a real chance to make a go of things,” Brett said in a statement.

According to sources close to the cricketer, Brett’s wife had told her close friends that Brett stayed away in India far too long and she had once given an ultimatum to him to come back to her in Australia which Brett didn’t pay heed to.

“Apparently spending time in India played a role in widening the gap between the couple. He did spend a lot of time in the country as he had a long standing sponsorship deal. Liz says that the time Lee spent away from home brought about the downfall of their marriage while she was home alone tending to their son, Preston,” the source says.

The source adds that Lee has also signed a contract with a leading company to cut a music album after their performances in India. The 32-year-old is scheduled to perform eight shows in India with his musical band called White Shoe Theory. His good friend Mick Vawdon is also part of the band as a vocalist.

“Our musical influence would be Crowded House and bands similar to that. Mick is the lead singer and he has a great voice. We’ve known each other for years and he’s been singing for a long time. I do the back-up vocals and play the bass,” Lee adds.

“Jimmy Barnes is a friend and we told him about what we were doing and he said straight away that we could use his recording studio, that in itself was a thrill and we are happy with the way the tracks are sounding,” Lee was quoted as saying.

The Australian fast bowler has also featured in a Bollywood flop film movie called Victory along with Harman Baweja and Amrita Rao in leading roles.

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