Rebecca Ferguson has admitted that she decided to ditch her sweet and innocent image in order to "survive in the music industry."
‘X Factor’ contestant Rebecca Ferguson was the shy and sweet girl from Liverpool who became the first female runner-up in the history of the talent show (she lost out to overall winner Matt Cardle).
In an interview with the Daily Star, Ferguson has revealed how the girl she used to be has gone, and she had to toughen up to face the pressures of the industry.
Ferguson stated: “I can’t watch my first audition because it makes me too upset. I just think it is really sad. I look at myself and don’t recognise myself. I do think fame and fortune changes people.
“I have had to change because the girl in that audition wouldn’t survive in the music industry. Little sweet Becki who loves everyone and who thinks the best of everyone wouldn’t survive.
“I have had to toughen up a lot, so when I look at that I feel really sad.”
After an appearance on last night’s ‘X Factor’ (October 14), Ferguson advised this year’s contestants that: “if you are going to go on X Factor you have to know who you are as an artist.
“A lot of people go on, get told what to do, make a fool of themselves and then blame someone else.
“When I went on there I was asked to sing things and I used to say ‘no way’. You have to know who you are as an artist. If you are not happy with the song, don’t sing it. Simple as that – no one forces you to do it.”
The 26 year old singer is facing the realities of the harsh nature of the music industry and is involved in legal action after sacking her former management team Modest, over Twitter.
Ferguson claims they made her work to the point of physical exhaustion so she collapsed: “I was naive in that I thought I could just sing and perform and do what I had always wanted to do all my life.
“But I wasn’t ready for all the added dramas that came along. There were times I fell out of love with music and thought about walking away.
Since finding new management, Ferguson says “I’m just enjoying what I do again and enjoying singing again,”
Heaven, Ferguson’s debut album, is to be released again as a re-packaged version of the original.
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Rebecca Ferguson leaving the 'X Factor' at Fountain Studios. London, England (14.10.12) (Photo Credit: WENN.com)