Fac­tor­ing in a bit of Spice

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flown my team over from L.A. I’m very opin­ion­ated and I’m very hon­est but I’m not mean.’’

Brown’s can­dour got her into trou­ble even be­fore The X Fac­tor had started.

In Au­gust she slammed Keat­ing, Se­bas­tian and Bass­ingth­waighte for be­ing dis­hon­est and bor­ing.

Brown doesn’t shy away from that as­sess­ment.

‘‘ In the be­gin­ning, some of the judges weren’t as hon­est as they should have been,’’ she says. ‘‘ They were say­ing one thing and then when the cam­era was off they would say the real thing.

‘‘ I think the (Aus­tralian) pub­lic have ap­pre­ci­ated my hon­esty. ( Over the years) I have learnt to be tact­ful. Some­times back in the day I was too bru­tally hon­est.

‘‘ Some­times I get a bit ar­ro­gant and I don’t even lis­ten to what they (judges) say. Any­way, what I say is far more im­por­tant than what they say.’’

What sort Brown?

Turns out she isn’t scary but she does have some firm rules when it comes to rais­ing daugh­ters Phoenix, An­gel and Madi­son as well as seven-yearold step-daugh­ter Giselle.

‘‘ I’m a very strict par­ent,’’ Brown says. ‘‘ You’ve got to get As and Bs at school other­wise there’s no va­ca­tion or play dates.

‘‘ I’m also big on man­ners. You have to have your kids say their pleases and thanky­ous. Stephen and I are stick­lers for that.

‘‘ The last thing I want my kids to be is one of those bratty rude (show­biz) kids.’’

of mum

is The X Fac­tor fi­nale, Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 7.30pm

The sex fac­tor: Brown sex­ing things up on stage.

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