James Rhodes: Life is messy and imperfect
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Pianist James Rhodes: Life is messy and imperfect

James Rhodes is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, successful recording artist, and best-selling writer. He overcame childhood sexual abuse to realise his dream of becoming a musician.

Along the way he has experienced poor mental health and believes we need to talk more as a society about mental illness and avoid the pressures people put on themselves to be constantly happy.

He tells BBC Hardtalk feelings of loneliness are quite normal sometimes getting through the day "is a heroic act".

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You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Tuesday 13 February 2018 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only)