Written by OK Staff, July 11, 2016

The morning after Sydney architect Alfie Arcuri, 27, took out The Voice 2016, he spoke to OK! about his time on the show and how it helped him and his family overcome tough times.

How does it feel to have won The Voice?

It feels very surreal. When I won, I heard my name called out and I was in a bit of shock, but I’m excited to see what happens next.

What would you say was the biggest part of your journey?

Facing demons that I’ve faced my whole life. I’ve been a closeted gay boy for 24 years; I had a lot of self-doubt, I get nerves, but they are good now, a few years ago they would cripple me.

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What’s the response been like in regards to sharing your story with Australia?

It’s been great. I went on to the show very open. I was thinking about kids in my position and how there aren’t really any role models… When I was a teen, if there was someone at that time on TV who was open about it, it probably would’ve helped me.

Do you have a partner?

I’m single and haven’t been on any dates since the show – you can’t focus on too many things at more than one time, so maybe now it’s over.

Just two weeks before the show started your uncle sadly passed away. Did that make the show even more challenging for you?

To be honest, this show has been the best distraction for me and my family. Music is so powerful, it’s healing almost.

Will you and your coach Delta Goodrem keep in touch?

She’s been a great mentor and friend, and very comforting. I was saying to her last night when we watched the mentor packages that a lot of the other coaches get really angry with their team. I could never ever imagine Delta getting angry with us, even if we did something wrong.

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Jessie J won’t be returning to the show next year, so who do you think should replace her?

I reckon Ricky Martin should come back – he is awesome. I was sad I didn’t get to meet him.

Are you keen to start writing your own songs?

I would love to write, I haven’t done that before. I’m really green; I only started singing publicly three years ago, so I’ve got a few things to learn.

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