Olly Murs' twin brother lashes out at family: 'I can't believe what my mum did'

Last week it was revealed that Olly Murs’ estranged twin brother, Ben, had changed his surname to finally cut all ties between himself and his family.

The pair fell out after Olly missed Ben’s wedding to wife Amy Hart in order to perform at the X Factor semi-final back in 2009.

Olly has insisted that he is keen to make amends.
Olly has insisted that he is keen to make amends.

Recently, the twins’ mother, Vicky-Lynn, spoke out about their feud, admitting that Ben and Olly’s relationship was strained before the singer found fame – and now a fuming Ben has publicly lashed out.

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, Ben seethed: “My parents wanted this bright, shiny Olly with the money who can give them the VIP lifestyle. They liked hanging around with Simon Cowell, or going to Bon Jovi concerts – they loved their VIP selfies.

“I’m not interested in anything like that, I have a lovely life with my wife and kids. I’ve worked hard, been to university and got a degree, I’ve never wanted anything from Olly.

Olly and Ben have been estranged for years.
Olly and Ben have been estranged for years.

“I can’t believe what my mum did by talking about my childhood. I was so upset when I read it.

“Why has my mum, the person who should defend me, said things that are hurtful and untrue?”

When Olly missed his wedding, Ben called the star a “self-obsessed sell out”, and now Ben has lashed out at the X Factor, adding: “I detest ‘X Factor’ and other shows like it.

“This killed reality shows for me – I just think of the families in the background and what this is doing to them. I can’t watch them any more.

Olly is incredibly close to his mum.
Olly is incredibly close to his mum.

“I look at my brother now and I think ‘that’s not you’.”

Last week Olly and Ben’s mum admitted the strain their feud has put on their family has made her “physically ill”, saying: “It was such a shock it made me ill. I even thought I had MS – I had to use a walking stick because my legs were so weak.

“I also couldn’t work. I was on the verge of a breakdown. I’m much better now but my heart is broken. Ben’s broken my heart, and his dad’s, but I will not hear anything against him, I don’t think he understands what he’s done.

The X Factor 2016 judging panel: Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Simon Cowell (Copyright: ITV)
Ben blames The X Factor for the feud.

“I’ll go on loving him and sticking up for him until I die.”

Olly has previously insisted that he’d make amends with his brother if Ben was willing to.