X Factor star Jahmene Douglas' childhood trauma
Jahmene Douglas wants to win 'The X Factor' to raise awareness of domestic abuse after suffering at the hands of his violent father and losing his brother
Jahmene Douglas auditioned for 'The X Factor' to forget his abusive father.
The shy singing hopeful - who is being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger in the boys' category - has revealed he uses music as an escape from his troubled childhood, during which his father was jailed for a horrific three-day assault on his mother after branding her with a blowtorch and slashing her with knives.
Jahmene found sanctuary in his church choir and now hopes to win the ITV1 competition, and despite finding it "difficult" to open up to the public he believes he has a positive message to offer.
He explained: "Music is my sanctuary. It was the only place I had to go in that time where I felt safe. A lot of people would choose to rebel but I've chosen to focus on singing. It's the higher love thing. I know it sounds cheesy.
"I know it's difficult for me because I've got a lot of stuff going on in my head. I don't want to burden people with what I've been dealing with so that's the reason I've been single for so long.
"But I'm stronger than people think. I want to spread positivity. I want to tell people, 'You can hold on to your happiness. It doesn't have to be stolen from you'."
The 21-year-old crooner's brother Daniel took his own life shortly after their father was released from jail and Jahmene has vowed to do his brother justice by using his newfound fame to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
He told The Sun newspaper: "I thought, 'What else can you throw at me?' Daniel had said it was like living in a box and we couldn't get out. His death switched me off.
"I'm still quite switched off now. We were close. He wanted me to be a singer."