X Factor 2012 hopeful Jade Ellis has revealed she’s been the target of homophobic abuse and bullying.
The mother of one revealed this week she was a lesbian, and admitted coming out has been tough for her.
The 25-year-old said: “As I’ve suffered from depression in the past, my mum worries. Depression is really hard to deal with but I’m lucky that I’ve got a really good support network.
“I think I’ve had it since I was nine, but I’ve been able to get back on top of things.”
Speaking about coming out to her family and friends, Jade explained: “I’ve always known that I like girls and I knew I was not going to be with [my daughter]‘s father.”
The bike shop worker, who wowed the judges on Saturday night’s show, said: “Living in South East London, where I’m from, can be hard, and I have experience negative comments and people shouting Lesbian in front of my daughter.”
Opening up, Jade added: “I was bullied a huge amount at school. People would sharpen their pencils and stab me with them.”
The young singer won over Tulisa during her audition with her fighting spirit.
The N-Dubz star said: “I love it when I see people like yourself who at a period in your life had to give up what you were doing but you didn’t let go of your dreams and you have come back fighting and it was worth it, that was amazing.”
Jade got four yeses to win her way through to bootcamp, and we’ll find out this weekend if she makes The X Factor 2012 final 24…