Remember Gamu Nhengu from the X Factor back in 2010? She sang an impressive rendition of “Walking on Sunshine”, wowed the judges and became an instant front-runner. She’s since disappears amidst a deportation storm…that is until now.
Xtra Factor presenter Rylan Clark then sought a nationwide campaign to find the talented singer after she had seemingly disappeared for six years.
Gamu made it all the way to judges houses where she lost out to Katie Waissel, who has just featured in Celebrity Big Brother.
At the time she was just 18-years-old, and faced a public battle to stay in the country, as her and her family risked being deported back to Zimbabwe.
The 24-year-old is now currently working as a stylist in TopShop and is making a comeback in a new band. After going under the radar for a few years, Gamu is looking to flaunt her own image and shake off the X Factor tag.
After returning to social media, she revealed: “To be completely honest I was trying very hard to pretend that the past 6 years had not happened. If you stopped me in the street and asked me if I was ‘Gama from X factor’ I 99% probably would’ve said ‘no’. And honestly if you do it now it might still be the same.
“I’m 24 now and I see myself as a baby when I entered into the music industry, something I was wholly unprepared for. I wish someone had pulled me to the side and forewarned me that it was 80% sleepless nights and 20% a bit of a giggle.
“I let other people speak for me, dress me and reroute me until ‘me’ had become nothing but a mere concept. I was young and incredibly naive. Too polite for my own good, never standing up for myself.
“Never exposing lies that were spread. Instead I just hid away and tried to pretend it wasn’t happening.”
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