‘American Idol’ winner Chayce Beckham says it ‘broke’ his heart to beat Willie Spence

Chayce Beckham and Willie Spence became friends on this season of

Chayce Beckham’s American Idol win Sunday night was, of course, thrilling and happy. But it was also complicated, because it meant his friend, fellow contestant Willie Spence, had lost.

So the moment Beckham was named the winner was “bittersweet,” he told Access.

“Because Willie, that’s my man, dude. That’s my boy right there,” Beckham said. “Like, I love Willie. We hang out outside of the competition, you know, we’re tight.”

Beckham explained that he had shared an exchange with Spence as they made their way to the Idol stage for the last time together.

“So when we was walking up there, I told him, I said, ‘Man, I hope you win. I just really, from the bottom of my heart, I just hope you take this home, dude, and … it broke my heart a little bit that it wasn’t him, because, I mean, you see these people work so hard and put in so much hard work, and they deserve it, man. They all deserve it.”