E!’s “The Wanted Life” follows Brit boy band, The Wanted, as they settle into their new home in Los Angeles. Sunday’s episode opened with the band visiting The Children’s Hospital of Orange County, where Ryan Seacrest invited them to perform for patients and their families. Inspired to continue giving back, they later threw a mansion barbecue for 20 of their biggest fans.
Although “The Wanted Life” brings all of the requisite reality show drama (only more entertaining, because it goes down in Brit accents), it’s also a telling look into the lives of a group of young men who are learning to better accept themselves and others. We recently sat down with the band to discuss acceptance, forgiveness, and what advice they have for their fans.
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The Wanted think people should be able to want who they wanna want! One of their first-ever gigs was at the Birmingham Pride festival, and the boys say the crowd was extremely welcoming. “We encourage our fans to be themselves and be proud of themselves,” says Jay. “Team individuality,” adds Tom.
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The Wanted are brave enough to share their trials and triumphs with the world, and hope their fans will learn that it’s okay to make mistakes, and to be forgiving of others when they do. “You can be quite foolish and you can make lots of bad choices,” says Jay, “[but] I think if your intentions are good, you repeatedly ask for forgiveness, you work very hard, and are just as kind as you can be, people will probably appreciate you despite your flaws…I pray. Otherwise we’re f***ed.” Aw! Don’t worry, boys! We love you at your best — and your “All Time Low.”
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