Check­out what Fac­tor star’s do­ing now...


Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JAMES ING­HAM Show­biz Ed­i­tor

FOR­MER X Fac­tor star Ottavio Colum­bro is earn­ing £6,000 a year work­ing in a Tesco Ex­press store.

He was hop­ing for star­dom af­ter get­ting through to the live shows last year as part of duo Bratavio.

But just 12 months later, broke Ottavio has had to take a part-time check-out job with the su­per­mar­ket chain.

The singer is now so skint he even con­sid­ered turn­ing to pros­ti­tu­tion af­ter a man of­fered him £10,000 for sex.

Telling all in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Daily Star Sun­day, Ottavio, 25, also ac­cused X Fac­tor of con­trol­ling con­tes­tants.

He said: “I’m work­ing in Tesco be­cause it was ei­ther get my­self a nor­mal job or sit at home on my arse on the dole.

“I ac­tu­ally strug­gled to get work for ages be­cause I was too fa­mous and no one wanted to em­ploy me.

“Now peo­ple come into the shop and queue up just to get a selfie with me, which is a lit­tle bit em­bar­rass­ing if they don’t buy any­thing.”

Ottavio be­came a house­hold name when he au­di­tioned with for­mer best pal Bradley Hunt, 23, who he fa­mously ac­cused on the show of serv­ing him un­der­cooked chicken.

They made the live pro­grammes but were the first to be axed.

Blast­ing the ITV favourite, Ottavio said: “X Fac­tor is a very con­trol­ling show. The bub­ble burst and you are left on your own. It is hard.

“The show can give you men­tal health is­sues.

“I’ve had a lot of abuse and hate. I now get death threats. Peo­ple ba­si­cally mes­sage me just to tell me I should die. “It’s the daily s*** I have to deal with. It’s scary be­cause you don’t know what peo­ple will do.

“It does make you wary but I put my­self in that po­si­tion by au­di­tion­ing.”

Ottavio’s new-found fame has also re­sulted in sev­eral saucy propo­si­tions from strangers.

But de­spite be­ing des­per­ately short of money the gay star has so far de­clined them.

He said: “I’ve had quite a few of­fers of sex for cash.

“One guy in his six­ties of­fered me

£10,000 for one night.

“Another guy of­fered me £2,000 to wear Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret cloth­ing and let him take pic­tures.

“I was gob­s­macked and said no but I kind of re­gret not tak­ing up those of­fers.

“I do like older men and I need the money.”

Ottavio has now split from Bradley, hired some new man­age­ment and re­leased his de­but solo sin­gle called I Don’t Wanna Be Us.

He is mov­ing from Southamp­ton to Brent­wood in Es­sex and now hopes to turn his ca­reer around by land­ing a role in re­al­ity show TOWIE or pan­tomime if that fails.

Ottavio added: “Bradley and I went our own ways. We don’t speak any more. I’m try­ing to re­brand as a cred­i­ble pop star but he just wants to be fa­mous.

“A lot of peo­ple just see me as a joke act and tacky, and I’m not like that.

“We were moulded into a prod­uct of X Fac­tor. I felt it was for their gain not mine. A lot of things we didn’t want.

“I’m mov­ing to Brent­wood, Es­sex, to start a new life.

“I’m re­ally fo­cused on my new mu­sic and the dream is to re­lease an al­bum and tour the world.

“But I would also love a role in TOWIE and a duet with Megan McKenna.

“I’m good friends with Gemma Collins so you never know.

“I would also love to play But­tons in pan­tomime – that’s a dream.”

Ottavio’s sin­gle I Don’t Wanna Be Us is out now.

BIG TIME: Ottavio with host Der­mot O’Leary on X Fac­tor ■ BAG TIME: Singer Ottavio in the Tesco Ex­press, right NER­VOUS: Gre­gor

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