Don’t give me hates Fac­tor

I’m proud my girl was picked over me.. I just froze

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

XFac­tor re­ject De­bye Gaskin has been abused by fans for mak­ing her daugh­ter beg to stay on the show af­ter Si­mon Cow­ell said they should split or quit.

De­bye, 40, and 21-year-old Hay­ley Nor­ton failed to wow the judges as singing duo Descen­dence.

Af­ter their per­for­mance of Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round, Si­mon ad­vised Hay­ley to carry on alone.

Hay­ley was seen back­stage plead­ing with her mother to let her go solo – but it took a tear­ful few min­utes be­fore De­bye fi­nally agreed.

And her hes­i­ta­tion sparked a bar­rage of abuse from view­ers.

Some branded her self­ish and shame­ful. And one even said she “needed a slap”.

Mum-of-three De­bye said she’s been left dev­as­tated by the back­lash and hasn’t stopped cry­ing. “Last Sun­day I woke up to such hurt­ful and aw­ful abuse,” she said. “I thought peo­ple would say nice things. In­stead it was ‘You’re a self­ish mum,’ ‘You’re a hor­ri­ble cow’ and ‘You should be ashamed of your­self mak­ing your daugh­ter beg.’

“I had a proper break­down. It killed me. I can’t stop cry­ing. There are loads of posts and so many bor­der­line threats. They are say­ing things like, ‘She needs a slap.’”

De­bye said she went numb when judges told her they must ei­ther re­turn to Belfast to­gether or split so Hay­ley could carry on as a solo act.

“I just stood there and I couldn’t speak,” said De­bye.

“My brain was go­ing ‘Yes she is go­ing to go,’ but my mouth couldn’t speak and my body froze.

“There was never a ques­tion she wasn’t go­ing to do it.”

The abuse has hit De­bye for six. But it hasn’t af­fected her sup­port for Hay­ley. “I will take ev­ery sin­gle bit of abuse just so Hay­ley can get fur­ther. She’s go­ing to blow every­one away.”

Hay­ley is on tonight’s X Fac­tor Six Chair chal­lenge – where boot­camp con­tes­tants are mer­ci­lessly whittled down in a live sing-off – on ITV at 7.30pm.

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