Matt Terry has told how he's gone from mopping up baby sick to battling for Christmas Number 1 in six months.
Matt beat Saara Aalto in this year's final last Sunday night after a shockingly close weekend of voting.
Just 4% split the final three on Saturday evening at the vote freeze when 5 After Midnight left in third place, and at the time Saara was in the lead.
But Matt was out on top come Sunday night and has already released his debut winner's single, When Christmas Comes Around.
Reflecting on his time on the show at the weekend, a week after his victory, Matt said: “X Factor came at the perfect time for me, it brought me out of the sad period just after I split.”
Saying he had 'no time' for romance, Matt added: “I am the happiest I’ve been in a long time. I was in a long-term relationship and I never had the chance to just be me. Now I can meet new people.
“I’ve got plenty of time to settle down, get married and have kids.”
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Matt opened up about his past attempts to make it in the West End.
“I had lots of rejection after coming out of theatre school. I auditioned for Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots and Thriller Live," he recalled. “You wouldn’t hear back and then I’d have the worse day in work.
"I’d be scraping food off the ground or baby sick from a table while thinking my dreams weren’t going to come true."
“I hit some low points when I thought my chance would never come. It used to scare me so much. I used to think, ‘What if this is it?’ My heart used to sink," Matt candidly confessed.
Now Matt is riding high in the charts with his winner's song - and says mentor Nicole Scherzinger played a big part.
"I couldn’t have done it without her. She taught me everything I needed to know. We speak every day," he said.