X Factor's Tom and Laura APPALLED by Simon Cowell asking them to split

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X Factor couple Tom and Laura have revealed their shock after Simon Cowell suggested they split.

In fact, Tom was APPALLED by the idea.

Tom and Laura are a performing duo from Liverpool who have been in a relationship for two and half years.

The pair got together while in college and Tom currently works as a claims handler while Laura does volunteer work.

"I'd like someone to say 'What's your occupation?' and say professional singer," Laura told cameras on the show at the weekend.

The couple are HUGE X Factor fans and were hoping for four yesses... followed by a cheeky Nandos to celebrate.

Singing Sex On Fire, Tom and Laura got a HUGE reaction from the judges who seemingly thought the pair would be another joke act.

And while they made it through to bootcamp with four yeses, Simon Cowell dropped a bombshell: "Laura, you're good and Tom you're fantastic. I'm sorry, for me there is such a vast difference, I think you Tom should go on your own."

Chatting this week to the ITV.com website, Tom said he was totally surprised by Simon's idea.

"To be honest with you, I felt appalled," revealed Tom. "Obviously Simon is quite entitled to his own opinion, and he's one of the most respected people in music, but I completely disagreed with him

"It's not because of loyalty to Laura because I love her and she's my girlfriend. It's because I believe Laura is as talented as me. That's why we got together as a duo."

Tom went on: "When Simon said I should go it alone, it was hard to take. At the end of the day, he has only seen a minute - a snippet of what Laura can do.

"Simon hasn't seen anything of Laura yet, and neither has anyone who has watched our audition - and she's still getting lots of love from the public."

While the duo stayed together, Laura revealed she would have let Tom go it alone had if the judges did push them to split.

The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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