Gay singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, famous for her original tracks on The X Factor, has said she is proud to inspire gay people to come out.
Spraggan says fans have thanked her for giving them the strength to tell their families about their sexuality.
‘It’s been amazing. I’ve done gigs and some young girls there said they were watching TV with their parents, they heard my music, their parents loved it, found out I was gay, still loved it and they’ve said, “Oh, I’m gay as well”, and their parents have been fine,’ she told The Sun.
‘For me, to have helped someone came out is the biggest compliment ever,’
The 21-year-old, who will be mentored by N’Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos, reached the Judge’s Houses stage of the competition last night (23 September) after impressing with self-penned song Tea and Toast.
Speaking about her inspiration for the song she said: ‘I was busking in town and this elderly couple walked past holding hands. Then the lady collapsed in the street and was unconscious.
‘And the look on the husband’s face was like he’d never lost her before and he’d just lost her then.
‘It was horrible and it inspired me to write a song — after I got them into an ambulance.’
The X Factor producers changed the rules when Spraggan’s audition song Last Night stormed up the iTunes charts, fearing it would be unfair for other contestants.
Last Night was only available for a few days, but it still reached the number five position.
Watch Spraggan perform her two auditions songs, Last Night and Tea and Toast, here: