Olly Murs on his estranged brother Ben – 'We don’t speak to him and that’s been extremely difficult'
Olly Murs and his mother Vickylynn have opened up about their family’s turmoil and said they have been left "heartbroken" by the singer’s twin brother, from whom they are estranged.
The singer (32) no longer speaks to his twin brother Ben Murs who he fell out with during the X Factor in 2009, the year Olly reached the final of the ITV show.
Having reached the semi-final, Olly chose to miss his twin’s wedding, which caused the first fractures in their relationship.
Speaking in an interview in the Sunday Times Magazine, Olly said: "We don’t speak to my twin brother and that’s been extremely difficult. Long before X Factor there were problems between Ben and his girlfriend and our family."
Olly's mum Vickylynn said that she was heartbroken by the falling out but said she will always support her son.
"The difficulties we’ve had with Ben are complex but it had nothing to do with X Factor. Deep down I think Ben knows that. I never expected anything like this to happen to us because we’re such a close knit family.
"It was such a shock it made me ill. I even thought I had MS – I had to use a walking stick because my legs were so weak. I also couldn’t work. I was on the verge of a breakdown.
"I’m much better now but my heart is broken. Ben’s broken my heart, and his dad’s, but I will not hear anything against him, I don’t think he understands what he’s done. I’ll go on loving him and sticking up for him until I die."
Following Olly’s decision to continue on with the X Factor instead of acting as best man at Ben’s 2009 wedding, his twin brother spoke to the then News of the World, where he accused the Troublemaker star of being a “self-absorbed sell-out”.
"Something was missing and that was Olly. It's clear people like Simon Cowell are more important to him than me.
"He's a self-absorbed sell-out. Our family was torn apart because of The X Factor. Things have got to the point where if I have children, I don't even want Olly to meet them.
"I watch my brother - the same person I shared a womb with - on TV now and it's like I don't even know who he is."