Friday 20 September 2019

'It's all rubbish' - X Factor’s Anton Stephans reportedly created fake sob story about being adopted

Anton Stephans
Anton Stephans
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

X Factor's Anton Stephans has reportedly created a fake sob story for the TV talent show.

The Irish Sun claims the 45 year old singer, who is in Simon Cowell's Overs category on the show, has lied about being adopted and having a degree from Cambridge University.

Stephans impressed on Saturday night's show with his rendition of Luther Vandross's 'Dance With My Father' and made it through to sing again next week.

A backing singer for years, Stephans has spoken about how X Factor has given him the chance to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

However, he has also spoken about being "scarred" from a traumatic childhood which saw him put in foster care at 7 years of age, and he has also spoken about being adopted.

The Sun claims Anton (whose real name is Stephen Johnson) grew up with his Jamaican mother Pauline Nelson in London while dad Kenneth has reportedly been shocked to read about the singer's claims about his childhood.

A source close to his family told the newspaper that Anton was never adopted and added, "No one knows why he is saying things like that.  It's all rubbish.

"He has been telling stories like this for years and it has finally come back to bite him."

On Saturday night Rita Ora said Stephans had made a special connection with the audience after his emotional performance.  When he got through to next week he kissed Simon Cowell on the lips and accidentally head butted his mentor.

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