X Factor hopeful Misha Bryan is on the defensive today, admitting she was a school bully, but insisted she has "changed". Speaking to The Mirror, Misha blamed her antics as a youngster (well, she's only 19 now) on her poor upbringing.
In case you didn't know - which is unlikely as it's brought up on the show often enough - Misha was raised by her aunt after her mum abandoned her.
She said: "When I was younger, the stuff that I had to deal with was tough."
In the interview, the teenager admitted: "At school I was bullied – and I did bully people myself, but I am a different person now."
She continued: “I still feel really sorry for any hurt I may have caused in the past, but I have tried really hard to turn my life around and become a better person. I love music and this is my passion and I really want to make a difference to people’s lives. Every day I think positively, and try to push negativity away.”
Misha added: "Coming on to this programme has turned a dream into reality. I hope the public see me for who I am now.
“I am not an overconfident person now and I am not a bully anymore."
And thanking her fans, the Manchester singer said: "I hope I can continue to do them proud.”