Former X Factor finalist claims show left him with 'depression, anxiety and eating disorder'

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A former X Factor finalist has hit out at the show for not offering acts enough support.

However The X Factor insist that their team offer "continuing support and advice" to all acts even after they leave the competition.

Joe Conaboy from boyband Kingsland Road made the live shows of The X Factor back in 2013.

In a series of tweets today, he opened up about how appearing - and getting kicked out - impacted his mental health.

"Three years ago, my mental health was being affected without even knowing," he wrote online. "Going from being on top of the world. To being given 12 hours after the show finishes to leave the house to go back home to normal really affected me.

"The lack of support astounds me."

Joe went on: "People think The X Factor is all fun and games. But it left me with depression, anxiety, and for 4-5 months, a minor eating disorder.

"If I knew that I would end up on anti-depressants after the show and my mind changed for good, I would never have gone on it.

"Mental health is something we all need to be open about and speak our truths."

A spokesperson for The X Factor responded to the claims with a statement saying: "We take our duty of care seriously toward anyone taking part in the show. During the competition there is a full support network for contestants including a welfare producer.

"Outside of the show we offer continuing support to anyone we feel needs it, and the door is always open for anyone to speak to us about any issues so we can look at offering support and advice."

After The X Factor, Kingsland Road went on to release a debut album via PledgeMusic but split in 2015.

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