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Monday 19 March 2018

‘I made these lads’ - X Factor’s Union J face lawsuit as former manager wants share of earnings

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

X FACTOR boy band Union J are facing a lawsuit after a former manager claimed he put the band together, and is therefore entitled to a share of their earnings.

Julian White claims that the original three members of the group, Josh, JJ and Jaymi, were part of the group ‘Rewind’ which he put together last year.

He claims he had already began to get record labels interested in them when they left him to audition for the ITV talent show.

After the band were initially eliminated at boot camp, Louis Walsh added George Shelley to the group and they became Union J – making it to the live shows.

Their former manager told The Sun: “I made these lads. We signed an agreement for a contract and next thing I know they’ve changed their name to Triple J and auditioned for the X Factor.

“They got all aggressive when I asked them why they’d gone – But I’ve consulted my lawyer and as soon as they start earning I’m coming after them for fivepc of their earnings”.

White also added his lawyer believes he will have a strong case should it end up in the courtroom.

However sources close to the band have claimed they are not worried about any lawsuit, as since George Shelly joined the group they are a different band to the one White managed.

Apparently reponding to the story, Jaymi tweeted: "I do love it when sad people have to lie to hit the papers! #desperate! Jaymi x".

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