Singer Cee Lo Green is convinced his tough background has helped him in the music industry, as his "skin is a little thicker" because of his difficult past.

The Forget You hitmaker's father died when he was two years old and hismother, Sheila, was paralysed in a car crash, dying two years after the accident when Green was just 18.

The Forget You hitmaker's father died when he was two years old and hismother, Sheila, was paralysed in a car crash, dying two years after the accident when Green was just 18

He suffered from depression as a result and has previously admitted he was "just a plain maniac" in his youth, adding "I was enraged. I was disgruntled, without an outlet. I was aggressive and I was pretty efficient with it - I took pride in that ability".

Green refuses to link the loss of his parents to his bad behaviour - but is adamant his love of music helped change his attitude.

He tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "I never knew my father. He could havebeen violent in his own right. It's not for me to speculate. I've alwayshad the same heart. The same heart that creates music is the one that made me determined to protect myself at all costs. "Survival is a skill.

I'm a soldier, a lover and a fighter.

My skin is a little thicker because of where I've come from.

I could have gone comfortably numb a long time ago, but I was saved because of my association with music.

Music truly did calm a savage beast".