The X Factor 2016: Rebekah Ryan wants to release tribute to her late son for charity

Rebekah Ryan on The X Factor

The X Factor 2016 contestant Rebekah Ryan is hoping to release a song she wrote as a tribute to her late son for charity.

On Sunday viewers saw Rebekah tell the judges the heartbreaking story that she lost her first son, Ethan, who died from the extremely rare Sandhoff disease in 2002.

After her "manic" rendition of Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' was stopped by Simon Cowell, she eventually won four yesses with Sarah McLachlan's 'Angel' - which was played at Ethan's funeral.

Rebekah has revealed that Climb, a charity that supported her through her ordeal, has been in touch since her audition aired - and she wants to release a song to raise funds for it.

She told the Radio Times: "I’m working with a charity for metabolic diseases, called Climb. At the time they helped me incredibly.

"I had a record that was on my last album that I wrote for Ethan and that was all I wanted to do when it was actually happening.

"I’m hopefully going to release that as a charity record and then donations and proceeds go to charity. That’s hopefully what will be happening."

Rebekah was also candid on the show about her failed attempt at a pop career in the 1990s, with label bosses dropping her after a string of chart flops.

The 40-year-old will be back on our screens at Bootcamp, but for now she says she's returning to her day job - as a staffer at her local Aldi in Tamworth.

The X Factor airs on Saturdays and Sundays on ITV.

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