Katie Waissel claims X Factor left her feeling suicidal

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 April 2021
Katie Waissel

Katie Waissel

Former 'X Factor' contestant Katie Waissel claims she contemplated suicide as she "rebuilt her life" after her time on the show

Katie Waissel has claimed 'The X Factor' left her feeling suicidal.

The star – who is having therapy for PTSD – has blasted the ITV talent show and her experiences as a contestant back in 2010, while insisting she can't "stay silent" after she thought about taking her own life.

Speaking to Closer magazine, she said: "We all had to go through media training – almost a type of brainwash – ensuring we never said a bad word about the show or those that worked on or alongside it.

"But how can we stay silent when future careers were shattered, and past contestants, myself included, are still undertaking therapy for PTSD caused by this show?

"I had experienced such a lot point when I was trying to rebuild my life, that I had frighteningly found myself contemplating suicide."

The 35-year-old star – who is now a personal trainer and has three-year-old son Hudson – moved to the US after being rocked by death threats and cruel messages from vile online trolls.

Now back in the UK, she has opened up on her time on the show and the way she found it behind the scenes.

She claimed: "When I made 'The X Factor' live shows, I realised it categorically falls under the umbrella of 'soft scripted reality entertainment TV shows'.

"It's not what it seems. For example, mentors do not really mentor their 'artists'. They don't see them."

'X Factor' is currently off-air due to the pandemic, and Dermot O'Leary – who first hosted the singing competition back in 2007 – recently suggested it might not return until 2023.

Opening up on the hiatus, he said: "I can't see it coming back this year. If it does come back, it'll be 2022 – maybe 2023."

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