X Factor hopeful Honey G wants to quit her job to become a full-time rapper
X Factor contestant Honey G has said she wants to quit her day job to become a full-time multi-platinum rapper.
The recruitment manager, 35, said she had always wanted to be a rapper and, after making it through yet another round of the ITV competition last week, is ready to turn the dream into a reality.
Speaking on This Morning on Friday, she said: "All my life I've wanted to be a rapper and I never had the opportunity to be on a platform."
After receiving public support from acclaimed American rapper 50 Cent, she said: "I'm looking to pursue a full-time career as a rapper, become a multi-platinum selling artist and go on tours.
"I want to quit my day job."
It has been a whirlwind ride for Honey G, real name Anna Gilford, who only had two days' notice before she was brought back into the competition as a wildcard contestant.
She said: "I had literally no idea, even from the first competitions, that I would get to this point.
"I've seen what I am capable of and I feel like I have been born as a rap star, and I want to go all the way to the final."
But the controversial singer's journey through the competition has been met with criticism and disapproval from viewers and some celebrity figures online.
She said in response: "Talk to the hand.
"All the haters out there giving stories to the press need to check themselves because they mean nothing to me. They will never get anywhere spreading hate."
Commenting particularly on rumours that her own family members had labelled her an "embarrassment," she added: "It's all a pack of lies.
"My mum and family are all very proud of me. They admire my bravery and tenacity."
The X Factor returns on ITV at 8pm on Saturday, where contestants will perform Halloween-themed numbers in a Fright Night special episode, with Honey G bringing a rendition of Men in Black by Will Smith to the stage.