X Fac­tor star Deanna tells of hur­ri­cane heartache

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Femail - By Katie Hind

X FAC­TOR con­tes­tant Deanna Muss­ing­ton jumped for joy last night when she was told she was go­ing through to the fi­nal stages.

But be­hind her smiles was the heartache of what she has left be­hind at home in An­guilla – the Caribbean is­land de­stroyed by Hur­ri­cane Irma last month.

The singer’s fam­ily lost their car hire busi­ness and her neigh­bour’s home was torn to pieces.

Deanna said: ‘I’m blessed to be alive af­ter what hap­pened.

‘There is noth­ing left of my neigh­bour’s house now, I watched it get blown apart. My mother’s busi­ness has gone. All of the cars were de­stroyed. Some­one in our com­mu­nity died too.’

Deanna, 22, was on a trip home af­ter her suc­cess at the au­di­tion stage. She was liv­ing with mum Jean, step­fa­ther Ronard and grand­mother Mon­ica when the hur­ri­cane hit.

Now the star­let is de­ter­mined to give back to the is­land com­mu­nity who have sup­ported her dream.

She said: ‘I am think­ing of do­ing a ben­e­fit con­cert. An­guilla pulled to­gether to get me to Bri­tain to do my X Fac­tor au­di­tion so now it’s time for me to re­turn the good.’

GLAD TO BE ALIVE: Deanna’s fam­ily lost their busi­ness in storm

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