The X Factor has been rocked by the shocking claim that one of its star performers was kidnapped and sexually abused as a student.
Rapper Honey G has been one of the talking points of the series as she divides opinion over her act.
The 35-year-old has revealed that she still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder following the incident.
The wannabe rapper has revealed she was snatched in her final year at Salford University in the north west of England.
She explained: “Obviously the effect the bad experience had on me – it kind of ruined my confidence, it knocked me and basically it’s affected my whole life.
“Basically in my final year of university I was car hijacked and kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
“A man was convicted for what happened – for the crime. I’ve come through as a stronger person.
“It wasn’t that I got into the wrong crowd or anything like that.”
Honey G compares herself to the likes of Missy Elliot and Jay Z. She is hoping that by appearing on the ITV talent show, she will show people that hip hop music is not linked to violence.
She told The Sun newspaper: “A lot of people say hip hop’s associated with this, that, violence and that.
“I don’t really look at things like that or people saying that urban music is associated with violence. It’s a stereotype. ”
This comes after Honey G, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, was announced as one of this year’s X Factor wildcards in Sharon Osbourne’s Over 25’s category.
She was reprieved after Ivy Grace Paredes had to withdraw from the competition because of visa issues.
Honey G said: “I think Ivy’s voice is incredible and she’s very talented. She definitely would have gone very far in the competition if she had stayed.
“Obviously it’s a great shame she couldn’t progress but I’m very lucky and very happy to be back in the competition, a complete stroke of luck for me.
“I’m not just belting out an amazing voice; I am what is happening right now in the music scene. I’m the whole shebang.”