Former "X Factor" U.K. finalist Amelia Lily, 17, has given a revealing interview to The Sun in which she talks about her past experiences of being bullied and getting her heart broken by a failed romance.
Lily came in third place on "The X Factor' U.K. in 2011. She has since signed a record deal with the new Sony Music label Xenomania. Her first post-"X Factor" single, "You Bring Me Joy," is due out in the U.K. on August 26, 2012. Her debut album's title and release date are to be announced.
In her interview with The Sun, Lily talked about things that she has said in interviews before, such as what it was like to be eliminated by judge/mentor Kelly Rowland, only to be voted back on the show by the public. Lily also once again denied rumors that she and former "X Factor" U.K. finalists Frankie Cocozza were romantically involved. Lily replaced Cocozza on the show after he was kicked off for using cocaine when he was a contestant.
In The Sun interview, Lily said that she loves Cocozza as "a friend" but thinks he he is "not boyfriend material." In previous interviews, Lily also denied rumors that she dated One Direction's Niall Horan or any contestant from "The X Factor."
Lily got some of the best reviews of the "X Factor" contestants were were on the 2012 "X Factor" U.K. tour. She told The Sun that her dream would be to sell out Madison Square Garden and have a career like Katy Perry's. Lily also mentioned that she would love to collaborate with Perry, Pink, Kings of Leon or Coldplay.
The Sun article does not mention much about what Lily's album will sound like, but Lily already confirmed in 2011 that she and her former "X Factor" mentor Rowland recorded a duet. The name of the duet has not yet been publicly revealed, and it is unknown at this point if the song will be on Lily's album.
Here are some of the topics that Lily talked about in The Sun interview:
On being bullied when she was in school
"I hated those five years of school. I know everyone says I wish I was back at school but I would never wish for that. It’s really hard to talk about it because I used to come home crying all the time. I had no friends. I couldn’t trust anyone at that school. Everyone was the same — if I walked in on non -uniform day in bright colored skinny jeans and a pair of Vans on, they’d all pick on me. I didn’t stop doing it, I thought this is how I want to dress, this is what I wanted to do.
"Then I started getting asked to sing in assembly. They’d all bit*h about me, saying ‘she’s never going to make it.' But I still didn’t give in, and even though my mum and dad kept me at that school for the five years, they wouldn’t let me move, I’m so grateful that they did. I believe that it made me tough. Now I wouldn’t put up with any rubbish from anyone. If anyone’s going to give me hassle, I will stand my ground."
On the worst job she ever had
"I was working on the tills at a garden centre. I just absolutely hated it. You know when you hate something but you just keep thinking I’m making some money. I think I got about £4.90 an hour in Nunthorpe, Hillsborough. All I wanted to do was go to a party with my friends. The only reason I did it was to earn myself a bit of pocket money. I’d just left school, in June last year."
On getting her heart broken
"I definitely had my heart broken not that long ago. I think we all have to experience things like that to learn from them. I think the most moving songs will be the ones where you really had something in relation with it, if you had your heart broken or if something had happened in your life."
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