Jack Walton rejected by girls over his mum's sexuality
Jack Walton has confessed he struggled to find love growing up after his mum came out as a lesbian as girls found it "uncomfortable"
Jack Walton was rejected by girls because his mum is gay.
The 'X Factor' contestant has confessed he struggled to land a date growing up after his mum came out when he was just 11 years old as it made potential girlfriends feel "uncomfortable".
He told The Mirror newspaper: "I've had a couple of girls say, 'I'd love to go out with him, but it puts me off that his mum is a lesbian'.
"This girl I really liked, she came to my house, and she found out about my mum and said, 'Look, I can't do this because it makes me uncomfortable'."
Jack, 18, from Castleford in Yorkshire, also opened up about the difficulty his family faced when his mother, Rachel, left his heartbroken dad, Robin, for another woman and admitted he faced taunts from his pals at school who struggled to understand the situation.
He explained: "It was a lot to take in when it all came out.
"She was still married to my dad then. It was hard to see that. My dad was heartbroken.
"Plus I was 11 when I found out and I got a lot of stick for it. All my mates were saying 'Oh, that's gay', and I'd say, 'Don't say that about my mum'.
"I tried to explain to them what it's like. And I'd say, 'If it was your mum, how would you feel?'
"You can't disown your mum. If she is happy, that's the main thing."
The singer - who has struggled with self-belief issues in the past - is slowly building up his confidence and is hoping one of his self-penned tracks will land him a number one in the future.
He said: "I had a massive self-belief problem at first.
"But I'm very happy to be here now and I'd really love one of my own songs that I've written to be a big hit.
"That's my ultimate life goal, having a hit single."