<p><span></span> <strong>James Durbin</strong> won't be performing on the <em>American Idol </em>season finale, but, he tells <em>Life & Style</em>, he feels like a winner anyway. "I've overcome so much to become a star," he tells<em> Life & Style</em> in an exclusive interview. "Life puts obstacles in your way, and you have to tackle them."<br />
James, 22, has endured more than his share. At age 9, shortly after the death of his father, he was diagnosed with Tourette's and Asperger's syndromes. "I got bullied so much. It was awful, and it really could've destroyed me had I not found music as an outlet."
Still, by the time he was 19, he'd hit a dead end. "I was living at my mom's house: no job, no car, no money, no license even or a diploma. I was about as low as you could get," he admits. He credits his girlfriend, Heidi, with being his saving grace. When the couple welcomed a son, Hunter, in 2009, it made James want to succeed even more. He saw Idol as his chance to provide a better life for his family.
After his fans crashed Twitter in the wake of his elimination, it became clear that people have embraced the quirks that make James the person and performer he is. "It feels so good to know that I'm an inspiration," James tells Life & Style.
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