BGT's Bars and Melody star 'sued by his DAD over their hit song'

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One half of music duo Bars and Melody is reportedly being 'sued by his own DAD' over their hit song from Britain's Got Talent.

The musical duo - made up of Leondre Devries and Charlie Lenehan - made the final of Britain's Got Talent back in 2014 after getting a golden button from Simon Cowell.

They quickly released single Hopeful, their version of Twista and Faith Evans' 2005 song Hope, which shot straight into the top 10 of the charts, peaking at Number 5.

It was the same song they performed in their original audition but now it's at the centre of a copyright dispute.

Dad of Leondre, Antonio, is apparently taking legal action, claiming that he wrote the track.

He's quoted by the Daily Mirror newspaper as saying: "I wrote Hopeful and it is a story of the struggles I've faced in my life and that gave the group international fame.

"We have started legal action and their management have comeback at me saying the group wrote Hopeful but it was me."

The father also accuses the pair's management of 'overworking and exploiting' the singers, who have released an album and gone on tour since BGT.

"When the success came I was pushed out but I'm the one who started Bars and Melody," he claimed to the newspaper. "I was the one taking them to London every week so they could busk and get their music out there. I feel the kids are being exploited and are being overworked.

"I don't have any issues with Bars and Melody, it is the management, and it has caused problems."

In response, a spokesperson for Bars and Melody said in a statement: "Bars and Melody are very happy with their management team and do not feel overworked or exploited.

"They love their work and they are very grateful for the ongoing love and support they receive from their fans.

"Bars and Melody are sorry to hear that legal action is being threatened and they hope it will resolved quickly and amicably."

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