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James Blunt got scurvy after only eating meat for two months to wind up vegan pals

SINGER James Blunt wound up vegan pals by eating only mince and chicken — and got scurvy.

Blunt, who had a massive hit with You’re Beautiful, said he was a “carnivore” for two months before going to see a doctor.

He was then diagnosed with the disease — an acute lack of vitamin C — infamous for centuries for afflicting sailors on long journeys.

Early symptoms include fatigue, bleeding gums and painful joints and muscles.

At the time Blunt, now 46, was studying aerospace manufacturing engineering and sociology at the University of Bristol.

He said on podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware: “On the engineering side there were 170 men and only three girls.

“And then on the sociology side of things there were 170 girls and only three boys.

“All the girls were vegetarian or vegans.

“So out of principle I decided I’d become a carnivore and just lived on mince, some chicken, maybe some mayonnaise.

“And it took me about six to eight weeks to get very unhealthy and see a doctor who then said, ‘I think you’ve got the symptoms of scurvy’.

“I took it upon myself to drink orange juice every night — then I nearly developed acid reflux.”

Blunt also revealed his band keep marrying audience members.

He explained: “Three members have married people from the audience.

“Isn’t that incredible?

“Two from Perth in Australia from different tours and one from Copenhagen.

“The girl from Copenhagen was told she was being taken to a James Bond premiere and was obviously devastated. She came backstage and the rest is history.”

Dad-of-two Blunt, a former Army reconnaissance officer, is married to socialite Sofia Wellesley, 37 — grand-daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington.

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