X Factor's Chris Maloney has hit back at reports suggesting he snubbed Robbie Williams.
Take That star Robbie made a visit with the X Factor acts last week ahead of their fourth live performance on Saturday.
As well as chatting with the acts and giving them tips, Robbie also spent hours filming with the finalists for tonight's show.
But Chris Maloney decided to take a trip up to Liverpool to see his family and ill nan, and missed Robbie.
“Bosses were furious. Robbie’s masterclass was a big deal and to miss it is unforgivable," a source said. "They added: "Now we have to explain why he isn’t there on the show this weekend.”
However speaking to Xtra Factor hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack last night, Chris hit back at the claims.
He said: “That wasn’t true. I did go to see my family because my nanna has not been very well so I went back, but I had the afternoon off.”
Chris previously confessed he was struggling with reading some of the newspaper claims about him.
Chris told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve had a difficult week really. One of my best friends had a miscarriage, my nan hasn’t been well and all this diva stuff is still going on in the papers.
“It’s so hard to keep my spirits high. I feel really down but I’m trying to keep my focus.”
The X Factor continues tonight with the latest results show, which will feature performances from Fun. and Robbie Williams, as well as one more act being given the boot.
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