He’s the Pop sensation on course to take this year’s ‘X Factor UK’ by force and by storm.
However, in a new interview given by Sam Callahan, he has revealed that he wasn’t always as celebrated as he is today, detailing a number of violent attacks he suffered at the hands of bullies during his formative years.
“I got pretty badly bullied at my first secondary school, so had to leave there and I went to the Sylvia Young stage school. It was both verbal and physical. I got really badly beaten up. I was quite small and had really blond spiked hair and blue eyes, and I think they wanted to knock me down a peg or two.
‘We had to get the police involved once – when I was 12 a 16-year-old held me down while his mate kicked me in the face with his football boots. We called the police but we didn’t press charges.”
“I’ve always wanted to do music and perform, and I stood out. They used to call me gay, but it was as much me fighting back that got me in trouble because I really stuck up for myself. Since I went on the show, quite a few of the bullies have got back in touch with me, as if nothing had happened.”
‘They sent messages and just acted as if we were old friends and should meet up. I’m a lot older now – I try not to hold grudges.”