Mika's latest album inspired by sister's accident
Singer Mika used his sister's brush with death in a horrific 2010 fall as inspiration for his emotional new album.
The Grace Kelly hitmaker's sibling, Paloma Penniman, fell 50 feet from a window at her home in Kensington, West London and was impaled on a metal rail. Firefighters cut her free before a helicopter response team flew her to the Royal London Hospital.
Surgeons saved Penniman's leg from amputation, and Mika has heaped praise on the National Health Service (NHS) workers who helped his sister.
He also reveals he was inspired by his sibling's recovery, and headed straight into the studio when she was in a stable condition to work on a new record, entitled The Origin of Love.
Mika tells the Daily Star, "My sister should have died but she's a miracle of the NHS. I really believe in fate now. I think you have to fight, but also to surrender your fears into the hands of fate.
"You can lose everything in five seconds. It was a massive jolt and made me realise: 'You'd f**king better make the most of what's in front of you.' As soon as Paloma was stable, I ran away to make my record."
Opening up about the accident, he adds, "Paloma was having a cheeky cigarette, lost her balance and wasn't strong enough to save herself. Her neighbour held on to the railings for an hour, to ensure they didn't fall into the basement. It was a total disaster, yet a weirdly positive event too."