X FACTOR star Tracyleanne Jefford says catching her husband of 17 years cheating on her is “the best thing” that ever happened to her.
The 34-year-old lost five and a half stone and transformed her life after her partner’s betrayal.
Speaking to Daily Star Sunday, she said: “I caught my husband cheating and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened. I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t.
“My ex-husband put me down a lot, he could be controlling but now I’m free.
“I never had confidence when I was big and I was put down quite a lot over the years and I didn’t know who I was.
“I walked around with my head down as I thought I was ugly. Now I know I’m not ugly, I feel a million dollars and I know the person that I am now.”
The mum-of-three, who is from the travelling community, married her ex when she was 17 and said her divorce was only accepted because her husband had cheated on her.
“I’m not ashamed to say when I got those divorce papers I didn’t have any feelings of remorse,” she said.
“I wasn’t frowned upon for leaving him because if there is an affair involved then no woman should stay in a relationship if you’re betrayed.
“That’s how I am and that was the worst thing he could have done to me by having another woman.
“But now I’ve never been so happy in my life.
“My message for anyone going through a break-up is dust yourself down, pick yourself up and follow your dreams.”
Tracyleanne impressed the judges at her first audition with her rendition of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and is tipped to make it to the live shows.
“My dream was always to be a singer. I’ve built myself up and I’m following my dreams and now I’m going to go further and further,” she said.
“I will make sure my children have the best lives and it’s important to have love in your home. No money can buy that.
“All I’m interested in is pursuing my career, bringing my babies up and living my life.”
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