Kjartan Salvesen talks about his mother’s death

Kjartan Salvesen talks about his mother’s death

STAVANGER (Dagbladet): In 2004, Kjartan Salvesen (age 46) went on to top the TV 2 show “Idol”. He did Fant for his mother, who died of cancer when Salvesen was just 16 years old.

– It’s a bit of a cliché. But when something is so powerful, it leads to writing about it. I’m talking about. And you dream about it. This has affected me for 15 years, the artist said in an interview with Date Nye in 2007.

The judges gape during the “American Idol” audition when they see the rock star enter the room. Video: Klaus Fielro/Red Runner/ABC.
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– Harsh and tough

Dagbladet meets the 46-year-old at his “kindergarten” in Stavanger. There he talks about the great downturn after the victory of “Idol”, the silence after that and his new musical adventure with the Stavangerkameratene band.

– The light suddenly went out


At the same time, he opens up about his turbulent and difficult youth, which shaped him into exactly the person he is today.

Salvesen was only 13 or 14 years old when her mother first found out she had cancer. A few years later, she relapsed, this time with a fatal outcome.

Life goes on: Kjartan Salvesen lives a happy life in Stavanger as a married man and father of four.  Photo: Karina Johansen/Dagbladet

Life goes on: Kjartan Salvesen lives a happy life in Stavanger as a married man and father of four. Photo: Karina Johansen/Dagbladet
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For Dagbladet, he tells us candidly how his upbringing made him aware of his role as a father of four.

– Because he might have done something to you as a father?

– Yes she has. When I was 14-15-16 years old, I lived with a lot of fear. My parents divorced in the middle of cancer, which resulted in my mother’s death. It was brutal and cruel, he says, before adding:

- We'll get married in five weeks

– We’ll get married in five weeks


– I lacked a little security, and perhaps also a little love at the time, all too conscious of giving my children. I am by no means a perfect father, but I am so anxious that they know I love them.

Won: Kjartan Salvesen won the title

Won: Kjartan Salvesen won the “Idol” title in 2004. Photo: Robert S. Eck/Dagbladet
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Sarcastic, but kind-hearted

Salvesen has just turned 46 years old. This means that 30 years have passed since he lost the love of his life.

– I’m still affected by it. It doesn’t feel like it was yesterday anymore, but my mom’s death is something that never lets go. It shaped me as a person, too. I can be very warm-hearted about something or someone, but also insanely sarcastic in other areas. There are some inconsistencies here, which are marked by something harsh, he says bluntly.

Missing Mother: Kjartan Salvesen and Mother Kristel Aasland had a very close relationship.  She died when Salvesen was only 16 years old.  Photo: private

Missing Mother: Kjartan Salvesen and Mother Kristel Aasland had a very close relationship. She died when Salvesen was only 16 years old. Photo: private
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The former “Idol” winner is adamant that all people are shaped by the experiences and lives they lead.

– also the things that happen in childhood. Then it is up to each individual whether or not they want to do something about it.

Successful: Kjartan Salvesen, Glenn Lyse, Tommy Fredvang and Ole Alexander Mæland make up the band Stavangerkameratene.  Pictured here under Spellemann in 2022. Photo: Tore Skaar/Se og Hør

Successful: Kjartan Salvesen, Glenn Lyse, Tommy Fredvang and Ole Alexander Mæland make up the band Stavangerkameratene. Pictured here under Spellemann in 2022. Photo: Tore Skaar/Se og Hør
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Helps children and young people

Salvesen says it took many years before he could talk about the death.

– I couldn’t even put the word cancer in my mouth. I couldn’t say it, and I got upset when I heard that word. I was angry at all so-called Christianity, religion and people in general. For a long period of time I was upset that other people were okay, that they didn’t feel as sad as I did.

Quick turn of events: It gets dramatic when a participant on “American Idol” gets the judges’ feedback. Video: Red Runner/ABC
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– What thoughts did you have today about what happened?

– It was a difficult time, and I think all young people who have lost one or both parents know that. That life must go on. injustice.

That's what he does

This is what the “idol” David is doing now


The “Standing Tall” singer is now trying to use his own experiences to help others.

This led me to take an interest in helping children and young people all these years. Show them that Ka Going well. the coming To go well, he tells Dagbladet.

Together with former “X Factor” participant Tommy Friedwang (41), “Idol” winner from 2007 Glenn Lyse (49), and former “The Voice” participant Ole Alexander Mæland (43), Salvesen is traveling this summer To tour Norway with the Stavangerkameratene band.

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