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Mum in­sulted over Descen­dance split I’ll take ev­ery bit of abuse to see Hay­ley go fur­ther

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Janine Yaqoob ACT­ING TV ED­I­TOR

X FAC­TOR re­ject De­bye Gaskin has been re­duced to tears by abuse since Si­mon Cow­ell forced her to quit and let her daugh­ter stay on.

De­bye, 40, and her 21- year- old girl Hay­ley Nor­ton, failed to im­press as duo Descen­dance so the judges told her to let her daugh­ter con­tinue with­out her.

Hay­ley was seen plead­ing with mum to let her go solo on the show and, af­ter an emo­tional few min­utes, De­bye agreed.

But the scene sparked a flood of abuse from view­ers brand­ing her self­ish and shame­ful. One said she “needed a slap”.

Mum-of-three De­bye says she is dev­as­tated and has not stopped cry­ing since.

“Last Sun­day I woke up to such hurt­ful and aw­ful abuse,” she said. “I thought peo­ple would say nice things.


“Hay­ley as­sured me I’d be the most loved mum in Bri­tain. In­stead it was things like ‘you are a self­ish mum’, ‘you are a hor­ri­ble cow, ‘ ‘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’.” Af­ter per­form­ing Dead or Alive’s You Spin Me Round, De­bye said she went numb when the judges told her they would ei­ther have to re­turn to Belfast to­gether – or split so Hay­ley could go solo. But the abuse has not ham­pered her sup­port for Hay­ley. “I’ll take ev­ery bit of it so Hay­leyH can get on. It’s hard, but I I’d give up my life for her. ““Hay­ley is go­ing to blow e every­one away.” Af­ter sup­port­ing Hay­ley this se­ries, De­bye may re­turn next year on her own. She said: “We’ll al­ways sings to­gether. But you have tot be re­al­is­tic that Hay­ley is theth mar­ketable one. “I’ll never stop singing. And I might go back to prove a point and seese what hap­pens.”

VER­DICT: Si­mon Cow­ell DOU­BLE ACT: Mum & her girl in Descen­dance EMO­TION: Hay­ley and sad De­bye

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