Don’t give me hates Factor
I’m proud my girl was picked over me.. I just froze
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.
DEBYE-BYE Mum and daughter hear judges’ verdict