Stephanie Nala has spoken out about the claims her former school mates made about her being a bully.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celeb, the 20-year-old admitted that although she found the stories hurtful, she didn’t let it ruin her X Factor experience.
She told us: “I don’t think it ruined it [the experience]. It didn’t make it easy. I think when you get the opportunity to go on the X Factor, it doesn’t come along often.
“There are so many people who would love to be in your position so you’ve got to be grateful and appreciate where you are.
“People are always going to try and ruin things for you whether you’re in a regular 9-5 or on the X Factor.
“People are always going to try and bring you down. As a young girl you’ve just got to be positive and enjoy everything.”
Stephanie’s rendition of Blondie’s ‘Call Me’ failed to win over the public this week, collecting the lowest number of votes and therefore being eliminated straight away on Sunday.
The former Luminites singer admits that she wasn’t shocked by the result and was in fact glad she didn’t have to take part in the sing-off.
She explained: “I kind of knew from the week before. I think if you’ve been in the bottom you expect to be in the bottom again.
“In a weird way I was hoping I wouldn’t have to sing again as I’ve lost my voice. I was so happy to get to the live shows – I think that’s where everyone wants to get. Beyond that, is amazing. I just enjoyed every minute. Even though it was early on I feel like it was the right time.”
As for who she would like to see win the show, Stephanie is backing white van man and good guy Ben Haenow.
“Probably Ben Haenow just because he’s such a nice guy. I feel like he’s come out of nowhere and he just keeps growing, I’d buy his record,” she said.
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