One of the stars of 2016's X Factor has revealed that they are planning to transition from a male to a female after suffering from depression.
The star claims to have always known she is female but didn't feel strong enough to do anything about it due to the pressures of society.
Ottavio Donato Columbro, part of double act Bratavio, has revealed that she has legally changed her name and title to Miss Ottavio Donato Columbro, and is now looking to begin gender reassignment.
Ottavio revealed that she decided to undergo treatment after battling severe depression, which she admits left her feeling suicidal.
She told The Sun: "I came close to ending my life. People thought me being on the X Factor was glamorous, but little did they know what I was really feeling."
After reaching the X Factor live finals with pal Bradley Hunt, Ottavio went back to uni, got a masters in creative enterprise and went to work in Tesco.
She revealed that it was around this time she decided that if she couldn't be her true gender then she "didn't want to be alive".
Ottavio says she always knew she was "different". Opening up, she revealed that TV show TOWIE provided something of a lightbulb moment for her.
I watched the first season of TOWIE and remember thinking, I want to be like those glamorous girls and have the boobs and lips.
She said: "I watched the first season of TOWIE and remember thinking, I want to be like those glamorous girls and have the boobs and lips. When my mum had my sister I became envious of her – she had biologically what I wanted."
Now Ottavio says she is so serious about transitioning to a woman that she is willing to pay for the treatment herself, having "worked really hard and saved up to fund this".
Gender reassigned costs thousands, with patients signing up to take testosterone blockers and hormone replacement therapy.
Ottavio revealed that she could've had the treatment on the NHS, but she wasn't prepared to join the waiting list, which currently stands at two to three years.
And, she says, her bandmate Bradley has been "amazing" since she told him of her decision.
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