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When the media firestorm ignited over his memoir's reported fictionalization in 2006, James and his family moved to France for two months to escape the spotlight. Once things calmed down, the Freys returned to the United States.
James: I didn't want to come home. I never wanted to come back here. I loved France. ... I remember the day we went to the airport, we kept having to pull over so that I could vomit on the side of the road.
James: I mean, it was a beautiful road to vomit on, but I didn't want to come home.
Oprah: You didn't want to come back because it was coming back to more of the stuff from A Million Little Pieces?
James: I loved France. I love the country, and I loved the life that you can live there. But, no, I didn't want to come back. There were a lot of things I had to face. There were a lot of things I needed to deal with. And sometimes it's easier to run away.