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TESCO WORKER OTTAVIO HAS THE EXPRESS FACTOR
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