Monday 18 December 2017

Mary rules out 'heartbreaking' reunion with daughter at show

'X Factor' contestant Mary Byrne pictured with the Barclay's Premiership trophy in the build-up to this weekend's performance. ALAN WALTER
'X Factor' contestant Mary Byrne pictured with the Barclay's Premiership trophy in the build-up to this weekend's performance. ALAN WALTER

Ken Sweeney

MARY BYRNE has said she will not be reunited with her daughter for tonight's 'X Factor' show as it would be "too emotional".

The checkout worker hasn't seen only daughter Deborah (23) since entering the finalists' house in London in September, and it had been reported that her daughter -- who has a fear of flying -- would travel to see her mother perform tonight.

But Ms Byrne told the Irish Independent yesterday that her daughter would be watching from their home in Ballyfermot after they both decided it would be "too emotional" to be re-united at this point.

"It's not seeing each other which would upset us, it would be the good-byes on Sunday when Deborah had to go home," she said.

"We're just so close , it would be heartbreaking. If I'm still in the show next week, maybe then Deborah will be over but it's something we both have to get our heads around."

The singer, who brought her daughter up alone, revealed she had wept this week after celebrating her birthday in London without her daughter.

"It's the first birthday I've ever had without Deborah but she knows that I'm doing 'X Factor' for the both of us." she said.

"This is my dream as well as hers. That I get an album out. Have a recording career and through my singing, build a life for both of us. I don't want to be a multi-millionaire but I do want to leave my daughter financially secure," she said.

Tonight she will sing the Faith Hill hit 'There You'll Be'.

"It's not a belter like the songs I usually sing. The first time I tried it at rehearsals, I made a mess of it. That happened the second time as well. I started forgetting the words and lost concentration. It took me three attempts to get it right. I'm just hoping that won't happen to me on TV."

And she maintained that she was getting increasingly worried for her place despite consistently wowing the judges.

"I'm not safe, none of us feel safe on the show right now. What happened in the last few weeks with people being eliminated has scared all of us. It's getting harder and harder," she said.

Having already lost weight competing in the programme, the one-time pub singer said she would be turning down an offer from an Irish clinic this week to fit her with a gastric band.

"I won't be doing that. I'm already a dress size down and I'm quite happy and thrilled with that. I'm losing weight slowly but surely. I'm eating less but I have a thyroid problem which makes it harder," she said.

Irish Independent

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