X Factor's Lorna Simpson Opens Up About Abusive Marriage Following Shocking Shotgun Scandal

During last night's X Factor millions witnessed 26-year-old business student Lorna Simpson break down as Sharon Osbourne broke the sensational news she would be heading to this year's live shows to land a place in the final 12.

But now, after just hours in the spotlight, the hopeful has already had her taste of fame turn sour as she became blasted by anti-gun crime groups after she was found to have posted a pic of herself in just a bikini and thong holding a giant shotgun - leading to the conestant facing accusations of “glamourisng guns” and being “irresponsible”.

 X Factor's Lorna Simpson defends herself over shotgun scandal (ITV Pictures)

However, the singer has fought back against critics, opening up about her relationship with a previous husband, confessing she married an abusive, convicted “Yardie” cocaine dealer. According to Lorna the gun belonged to a police man who let her pose with the 18 inch 12-bore shotgun for a picture.

“This picture was taken in Jamaica and is a policeman’s gun. I have never and would never condone violence of any sort and have participated in charity concerts promoting anti gun-crime messages,” she told The Sunday People.

“I was just 18 years old when I met my ex and it was a very troubled relationship. I was young and naïve and he controlled and abused me.

"I am proud to have escaped him and am hoping that X Factor will give me the opportunity to better my life.”

Apparently her family now fears her troubled ex could try and track her down following her success on the ITV show. Last night, Lorna was selected to take the coveted place as one of Sharon Osbourne's top three finalists in the Over 25's category after blowing both Mrs O and Robbie Williams away with her fab rendition of Beyonce's 'If I Were A Boy'.

Lets just hope the dream's not over before it's begun!

In the meantime, X Factor continues to torment us with another intense round at judges' houses as both Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow select their final three to go through to this year's live shows, which kick off next Saturday.

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