Wednesday 13 November 2019

‘He’s more important than fame or money’ - X Factor hopeful Tammy Cartwright quits show to look after drug addict brother

Tammy Cartwright. Photo: ITV
Tammy Cartwright. Photo: ITV

Independent.ie reporters

X FACTOR hopeful Tammy Cartwright has revealed she quit the show at boot camp in order to look after her younger brother who had a relapse in his battle against drug addiction.

Tammy wowed the judges on Saturday night with her belting vocals – after introducing them to her ‘mental’ granny.

She explained to judge Gary Barlow that her mother’s fight against cancer and her brother’s drug addiction were the reasons she hadn’t pursued her singing dreams earlier.

Tammy also told the judges the only reason she was there was that her brother had made a deal with her to stay off drugs if she would go for the X Factor.

However her brother relapsed, as Tammy explained to The Sun: “He broke his promise just before boot camp. He was in a bad way and having loads of problems.

“I had reservations about going (to boot camp) but I went along. When I was in Liverpool I had an anxiety attack and I knew I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t focus on anything. I was worried about how it could affect Gareth and wanted to support him”, she said.

Tammy, who works as a support worker, continued: “His well-being is more important to me than fame or money.”

But shortly after learning that Tammy had given up on her music dream to look after him, her brother overdosed on heroin.

“He said he just wanted to fall asleep and not wake up again. He did that because he felt he was a hindrance to me”, Tammy explained.

With Tammy’s help, her brother has now been clean for five weeks. She says she hasn’t given up on her X Factor dream and will try again next year.

“This is not a sob story – I don’t want that, I love my life. Now we have to look forwards not backwards. I’ll definitely give X Factor another go next year.”

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