X Factor's Ben Haenow: "I miss the freedom of driving around in a van"

Published Wednesday, Oct 29 2014, 15:38 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor star Ben Haenow has revealed he misses his job as a van driver.

Ben, who is being mentored by Simon Cowell in the competition, talked about his X Factor journey so far in a chat on BBC Breakfast earlier today.

Ben Haenow leaving the BBC Studios after appearing on BBC Breakfast in Media City
Manchester, United Kingdom

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The 29-year-old, who is preparing for his fourth live performance this weekend, confessed: "I miss the freedom of driving around in a van. In the house, you don't get much time to yourself. It is quite crowded in there. But to be honest, I've made such good friends with a lot of people in there.

"You don't expect to get on with everybody but we're all really supportive, and living with people that are all aspiring to do the same thing is quite inspiring in itself."

Despite his revelation, Ben plans to pursue a singing career, regardless of where he reaches on the talent show.

"I've had a lot of knock-backs in my years doing it as an amateur singer in a band and this has really spurred me on to definitely do something more," said Ben. "I'm loving every minute of it and if I can carry on singing and do it anywhere, then I definitely will."

X Factor's Ben Haenow speaking on BBC Breakfast - 29 October.


Last weekend, Ben's performance of Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' divided the judges' opinion.

Ben's own mentor Simon said he had made the "wrong song" choice, but Louis Walsh praised him, saying: "You're what this show is all about, an ordinary van driver with the extraordinary voice."

Speaking about criticism, Ben said on the breakfast show: "It is a competition and you put yourself on the platform to be judged, not only by the judges but by the viewers that are watching and anyone else who wishes to throw their opinion at you. You've got to be ready to take the good with the bad."

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