Rebecca Ferguson has launched a veiled social media tirade against ‘irrelevant people and their no longer relevant show’ – days after six former X Factor contestants accused the Simon Cowell owned record label SyCo of bullying.
Five solo acts and a group are said to be approaching a law firm and intend to sue the label for alleged ‘bullying, mistreatment and neglect’ as a result of going on the ITV show.
Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Ferguson – a former finalist on the show after successfully auditioning in 2010 – insisted she is not one of them.
However the admission followed a flurry of barbed, thinly veiled messages seemingly aimed at The X Factor and its production team, of which Cowell is a founding member.
Hitting out: Rebecca Ferguson has launched a veiled social media tirade against ‘irrelevant people and their no longer relevant show’ after six former X Factor contestants accused the Simon Cowell owned record label SyCo of bullying
She wrote: ‘Things go wrong! You get what you put into the universe! That is all.’
In a second somewhat garbled tweet Ferguson appeared to reference Cowell, but refrained from naming the music and talent show mogul directly.
She added: ‘He is an irrelevant person who is clinging on to the good old days the good old days where in 2010 and they’ve had nothing but bad luck since! Because when you mess with pure hearted blessed people! [sic]
‘As my mum would say let go and let God! I’m focused on creating structures and systems that will ensure that people in music are treated with dignity and humanity!’
Not happy: The singer posted a flurry of barbed, thinly veiled messages seemingly aimed at The X Factor and its production team, of which Cowell is a founding member
A further stinging rebuke read: ‘Whilst doing this I have 3 children to raise! I don’t have time or energy to focus on irrelevant people and their no longer relevant shows!’
She finished her tirade by confirming she is not seeking legal action, but has instead used her platform to create a better working environment for singer and musicians.
She wrote: ‘I’m not suing anybody! I’ve spent two years speaking, attending meetings and discussing with the Government and MP’s on how we can make the music industry safer!
‘I’m working with the Ivors academy and ECSA in Europe to give my voice on issues of injustice in music.’
Old times: Ferguson is a former finalist on the show after successfully auditioning in 2010
In 2021 Ferguson went to the Metropolitan Police to report allegations of harassment and coercive control against a senior male industry figure.
The singer claimed she was targeted while working to build her career after coming runner-up on the ITV show.
Ferguson, who agreed the Mail on Sunday could reveal the complaint she made to police, also met Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to discuss problems within the industry.
Continuing her tirade on Sunday, she wrote: Everything I went through was supposed to happen! Because I went through that the music industry now has an Independent Standards Authority!
‘I’m not bitter or sad about my past it’s all lessons! What they thought was going to harm me actually helped thousands of people!
‘They don’t win in the end! Good conquers always just have faith! No matter what they do to try and ruin you! Good people always win in the end!’
She added: ‘For me to sue somebody they would need to be relevant to me,and they’re not somebody I know or ever think about. My energy is precious and I don’t waste it.’
New claims: A group of former X-Factor contestants are reportedly planning a £1million bullying lawsuit against Simon Cowell’s company SyCo
A group of former X-Factor contestants are reportedly planning a £1million bullying lawsuit against Simon Cowell’s company SyCo.
An unnamed singer involved in the reported planned lawsuit told the Sunday Mirror: ‘Being on the show was a horrific experience.
The unidentified claimant added: ‘Myself and five former acts have agreed to join forces and get the justice we feel we deserve.
‘Simon needs to take responsibility. We lost a lot of money from having periods of our lives not making money to deal with trauma still ingrained from the show.’
The claimant told The Mirror the case was likely to be for more than £1million and claimed the group were seeking justice and compensation for the amount they claim to have spent on medical treatment.
They claimed to have evidence to support their allegations – including emails, recordings and psychological assessments – and said the public will see a different side to the glitz of the long-running ITV show.
The claimant alleged that the contestants were commonly suffering sleep deprivation and trauma before they went on stage.
Looming: Five solo acts and a group are said to be intending to sue the label for alleged ‘bullying, mistreatment and neglect’ as a result of going on The X Factor (Pictured: The X-Factor judges in November 2010)
It was reported that the claimants have approached lawyers and plan to bring the case over the coming months.
Former X Factor star Chico has since admitted he is “bewildered” by the shock claims currently rocking the ITV show.
Speaking exclusively to GB News, Chico, real name Yousepph Slimani, said he found the allegations astonishing.
The 50-year-old told Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster on GB News Breakfast: ‘In terms of my time on the show, I’ve got nothing to complain about in any way shape or form because we were looked after by our own mentors who gave us songs we all had to agree on.
‘There was a consensus that you were happy to do that song. As far as I’m concerned when I hear this and the claims being made, it’s bewildering to me.’
Chico, who appeared on the show in 2005 and made the quarter final, added: ‘One thing I would say, is that the difference back in my day, seventeen years ago, was we didn’t have social media so that didn’t follow us around 24/7.
‘But, regarding the wellbeing of people on the show at the time, I’ve got to say it was absolutely incredible. Simon actually said to me the show I was on was later used as a template for the other series which followed.’
Case: SyCo told The Mirror that there is no allegation that Simon Cowell was in any way aware of or personally involved in the incidents or behaviour alleged by the claimants
SyCo told The Mirror that there is no allegation that Simon Cowell was in any way aware of or personally involved in the incidents or behaviour alleged by the claimants.
A spokesman for X Factor told the Mirror: ‘Welfare of those taking part is our No1 priority and we have robust measures and welfare teams in place to ensure support is always available.
‘We are unaware of any legal claims being filed against The X Factor and despite not being on air for several years, we remain open to discuss concerns with anyone who chooses to do so.’
Former finalist Katie Waissel last year claimed she was sexually assaulted by a member of the reality show’s team
Devastating allegations about the long-running ITV series are also set to be aired in a forthcoming television exposé.
The Mail on Sunday revealed recently that two well-known production companies are working on the potentially damning programme, which is set to include claims of bullying, exploitation and harassment that former contestants say took place when the cameras were not rolling during the now-defunct show’s 17-year reign as one of the UK’s most watched programmes.
A number of X Factor stars have already agreed to take part, as well as at least one of creator and judge Cowell’s aides who no longer works with him.
One source said: ‘There are currently some former contestants telling their stories for the programme. There are some out there who believe they were mistreated by the X Factor machine.
‘They are now going to get their chance to have a say. But what is more worrying for Cowell and ITV is that there are some of his former lieutenants who are ready to break their silence on what went on.’
Several former stars have already agreed to reveal what went on behind closed doors, including one of Simon Cowell’s aides who no longer works with him. Pictured: Scarlett Lee performing at Winter Wonderland, supported by her mentor Simon Cowell on stage
While the network the show will appear on is yet to be confirmed, it is likely to be well watched.
The programme comes six months after The Mail on Sunday revealed that five former X Factor stars had launched legal action against Cowell, claiming they were not given adequate care while competing.
Sources say that lawyers acting for Cowell have been working on the claims – understood to relate to personal injury – for the past year.
Meanwhile, former finalist Katie Waissel last year claimed she was sexually assaulted by a member of the reality show’s team.
And last year, Fleur East, 34, who finished runner-up in the 2014 series, claimed that Cowell effectively left her ‘put on a shelf’ after the release of one album.
At its height, The X Factor attracted 14 million viewers and featured celebrity judges such as Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Cheryl Tweedy, Dannii Minogue, Mel B and Robbie Williams.
It also proved the launchpad for bands such as One Direction, Little Mix and JLS. The X Factor brand went on to become a huge success all around the world, where the format was franchised.
Cowell has struggled to recreate the show’s early success. Walk The Line, a new game show created by Cowell’s company, Syco Entertainment, and shown by ITV last December, proved a ratings flop, with reports claiming the second series had been axed.
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The show first aired in 2004 as a successor to the popular rival Pop Idol on ITV1