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Thursday 4th June 2020

Former X Factor star slams show for 'depression & eating disorder'

He calls the show out for a 'lack of support'

The aftermath of X Factor rejection has been exposed by one of its former stars.

Despite being the centre of a media storm while performing in the live finals of the singing competition, it seems that when the spotlight is no longer on you, it becomes a very dark place to be.

Kingsland Road singer Joe Conaboy has claimed that he was left to battle depression and an eating disorder after his band were booted off the show in 2013.

Joe has also taken the show to task for an alleged 'lack of support', after he opened up about his mental health issues.

He now says that he wished that he had never appeared on the show in the first place.

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Writing on Twitter, Joe explained his feelings after his band were dumped from the process.

In a series of emotional tweets, Joe confessed: "3 years ago my mental health was being effected without even knowing. Going from being on top of the world. To being given 12 hours after..

"The show finishes to leave the house to go back home back to normal really effected me. The lack of support astounds me.."(sic)

"People think the X Factor is all fun and games. But it left me with depression , anxiety and for 4-5 months a minor eating dissorder..."

Joe continued: "If i knew that i would end up on anti depressents after the show and my mind changed for good i would never have gone on it... (sic)

"Mental health is something we all need to be open about and speak our truths. Thanks for all the love and support since then."

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There has been no comment forthcoming from the X Factor about the claims.

Joe had auditioned with bandmates Josh Zaré, Jon James "JJ" Thompson, Matt Cahill and Jamie "Jay" Scott, as they looked to take Kingsland Road to the final of the tenth series.

They had a modicum of success with an album but after Jay Scott quit the band in 2014, the group disbanded soon after.