Guy Sebastian has opened up about the heartbreaking event that inspired his new song, Set In Stone.

The 35-year-old Australian musician revealed Channel Seven’s The Morning Show, a youngster died in his arms during a recent trip to Kuta in Bali, prompting him to pen a track about the “traumatic” experience, shared Be Entertainment.

“I went to meet some friends, and on the way an accident happened literally in front of our car… a head-on collision, and a kid passed away in my arms basically on the side of the road,” he confessed.

“I went to help a couple of people and saw the kid and it was pretty traumatic. I was very sick and affected by it,” he added.

The former Australian Idol winner revealed he rang his wife Jules to talk about what had happened, and their conversation inspired his moving lyrics.

“I wrote this poem with a bit of melody and the next day I took it into the session and it took more of a romantic turn totally directed to Jules.”

“It’s really about things that matter.”

Telling KIIS FM’s Kyle And Jackie O show, Guy said he believed the boy was aged between 12 and 17.

“You don’t see that everyday so I was a bit sick, and I just went to a bar to drink and try to digest [what happened],” he revealed.

Elaborating on the event’s prolonged impact on him, he said: “I still get flashbacks”.

‘I’ll never get the image of the kid out of my head. Every now and then he’d just look at me and just go unconscious again.”

What a horrifying experience. He is lucky to have an outlet to express his emotions. We do hope he is getting some help as well. This is something that is always very important.

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  • That would be difficult for anyone to bear :(


  • Something we all would be touched and upset about…
    The song is beautiful.


  • I am so sorry to hear of what Guy went through and what happened.


  • I’ve heard this story a few times now and it was obviously a trigger and catalyst for Guy to put pen to paper. I do love this song and it’s meaning is so much more honest and poignant now.


  • terribly traumatic!


  • That situation would be very hard on any-one to go through.


  • Lovely way to be able to share your feelings and not keep it bottled up inside.


  • Unfortunately you can not predict when these kind of things will happen. While it may haunt him, that kid was probably thankful he was there.


  • I think this tragic incident only happened recently. Sometimes he seems to be bubbling over with happiness and excitement, others not so much. I’ve no doubts he will probably have flashbacks for quite awhile. Hopefully bringing this out in the open will help him talk about it.
    A lot of our Emergency Service Personnell have de-brief sessions after being confronted with tragedies.


  • This is something that would stay with you for a very long time.


  • What an experience. Something that would surely stir a lot of emotions in everyone. :-(


  • what an ordeal, thankfully the little one didn’t die alone and had someone so loving to hold him as he passed over


  • That would be traumatic for anyone. Great he tried to help, though.


  • What a great thing Guy did in picking up this boy and hold him while he took his final breath. I’m sure this boy young boy would have been grateful. RIP. Guy needs to stay positive through this, although I can see how traumatic this would have been though!


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