Irish X Factor contestant Melanie McCabe insists that her family's financial struggles have not been exaggerated as part of a reality show sob story.
The 20-year-old singer from Santry, Dublin who has auditioned for the hit talent show four different times, revealed to the judging panel at her first audition that her family are in the middle of losing their home.
And while she shared her story with millions of viewers throughout the UK and Ireland, she has now spoken of how "hard" it is that many fans are focusing on that, rather than her singing ability.
“No it's not exaggerated. It's what we're going through and it's hard," she told Ireland AM on TV3.
"If I had gone through it a few years ago, it would be something I was just recapping on but when it's something I'm going through currently, it's a hard thing to deal with when the papers just kind of jump on it all the time and talk about it.
I brought it to X Factor not because I wanted people to feel sorry for me but because I wanted people to know I was real and that I was going through something a lot of other people are going through as well.
"It's a hard thing to go through.
"I mean we are losing our house at the moment and when the press are sort of jumping on it, it makes it harder.”
Melanie has given several interviews in conjunction with her participation on the show. Most recently, she told the Mirror: “I’ve wanted to be a singer my entire life.
“But now it’s about the dream and it’s also about having financial stability for me and my family. That is a huge thing for me.
“I’m extremely close with my family, they’re everything to me, so to think I could possibly be able to help them is just another dream come true for me."
McCabe has made it through to the judges' houses portion of the programme after a tense last-bid save by her mentor Nicole Scherzinger.
And she spoke of the difficulty of replacing another contestant, who had lost their place in the competition as a result of Melanie making it through.
“It was really, really hard and especially because I was last on, I was watching it all happen so by the time I got on people had got their seats, people had lost their seats and I'd seen it all happen. It was so cruel and people were upset," she explained.
“I hated that because at the end of the day we're all human, we all have our dreams and you're here taking someone's dream away. It's a horrible thing to have to do.”