X Factor's Honey G "really insulted" by idea she's a joke or novelty act

Published Thursday, Oct 6 2016, 14:56 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor finalist Honey G is without a doubt the most controversial and talked about contestant this series, splitting opinion after making it through to live shows.

But she's adamant she is NOT a joke act.

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Honey G

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The rapper – real name Anna Georgette Gilford – told WhatsOnTV that she felt "insulted" by those viewers who have called her a novelty act and lacking the talent needed for live shows.

"I know some people have been saying they don't think I'm real and that I'm a prank that's been set up by the producers, but those haters need to check themselves because I AM the finished article," she said.

"I might not have the most amazing voice but I'm a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I've got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting."

Honey G pictured without sunglasses on Twitter
August 2016

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Looking a bit different without her stage gear on.

Honey G's comments came the same week Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan suggested she was playing everyone and would reveal her true identity during live shows.

Coleen mused: "I don't think she's real. I think it's somebody who is trying to show the show up. That looks like a wig. She'll take the wig and glasses off and be an amazing singer."


Honey G's road to the X Factor live shows wasn't exactly smooth: she was booted off at Six Chair Challenge only to be brought back by Sharon Osbourne when Ivy Grace was forced to pull out. Honey then flew to LA for Sharon's judges' houses, where Robbie Williams was guest judge.

After making it through to live shows, a petition was started online by a relative of axed singer Samantha Atkinson, who was sent home at Judges' Houses. The petition, signed by 16,000 people so far, wants Honey G to be removed from live shows.

X Factor live shows start 8pm on Saturday on ITV.