The X Factor’s Rebecca Ferguson claims a ‘senior industry mogul’ forced his way into her home and spoke to her child after she went public with abuse

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Rebecca Ferguson has claimed a man forced his way into her home and spoke to her child after she spoke out about abuses in the music industry

Rebecca Ferguson has claimed a man forced his way into her home and spoke to her child after she spoke out about abuses in the music industry.

The former X Factor star, 37, previously gave an explosive account of the harm she suffered, claiming her life became hell after she fell out with bosses.

The singer said speaking out came at a cost as a senior person working in the industry previously forced his way into her home in 2017.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Rebecca said: ‘Let’s say I was your next-door neighbour, who works in an office.

‘If someone from her office forced their way into her home on a Sunday morning, and sat while she was in the shower, chatting to her child, there would be uproar. There would be absolute uproar.

Rebecca Ferguson has claimed a man forced his way into her home and spoke to her child after she spoke out about abuses in the music industry

Rebecca called the police who removed the man from her home but she said he continued to harrass and call her in the middle of the night

Rebecca called the police who removed the man from her home but she said he continued to harrass and call her in the middle of the night

‘If that same woman was getting calls from the police to say ‘We believe you’re unsafe, can we please meet you off the train? We want to make sure that you are safe because we’ve received very worrying intelligence. Everyone would have empathy.’

Rebecca called the police who removed the man from her home but she said he continued to harrass and call her in the middle of the night, despite her lawyers telling him to stay away. 

While speaking at the Misogyny in Music Committee this year, Rebecca said the ‘senior industry mogul’ advises the Department of Culture (DCMS) under which the committee exists.

The hitmaker, who mother to Lillie, 18, Karl, 16, Arabella, eight, and a 10-month-old fourth child whose name she has not made public, did not make clear which child the man spoke to. 

It comes after Rebecca revealed there is still a music industry contract she is ‘locked in for life’.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the former X Factor star claimed contestants were forced into signing contracts without any independent legal advice.

She recalled one incident where she was followed into a toilet by one boss to persuade her to sign a contract, while another she will be in for the rest of her life.

Rebecca also told how two senior male executives previously told her she was not allowed the day off after suffering a miscarriage.

It comes after Rebecca revealed there is still a music industry contract she is 'locked in for life'

It comes after Rebecca revealed there is still a music industry contract she is ‘locked in for life’

The singer previously gave an account of the 'abuse' she suffered in the music industry, claiming her life became hell after she fell out with bosses (pictured in 2010)

The singer previously gave an account of the ‘abuse’ she suffered in the music industry, claiming her life became hell after she fell out with bosses (pictured in 2010)

The star said when other bosses got involved and told others to leave her alone, she was told she had to ‘place two pages of advertisements in Music Week praising certain executives in the music industry, saying lovely amazing quotes about them. That is just pure abuse.’

She added: ‘I think before you go to war with someone, know their family history. I come from a long line of people who’ve been through terrible atrocities and come out and survived, and I think that spirit doesn’t leave youy. We’ve survived so much crap.’

Rebecca claimed her life was controlled as she was medicated and tucked up in bed at night, and told who she could date and spend time with.

Pop star Rebecca said she became so unwell at one point that she repeatedly collapsed and was told to fake good health so she could travel home after jetting abroad for her professional duties, and was told she had to continue working over the phone from her bed as she attempted to recover.

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The performer said she did received an apology from The X Factor boss Simon Cowell in 2019 after he also had bad experiences with those who she had fallen out with, but Rebecca said she was disappointed it was not made public at the time.

According to the Mirror, she said: ‘I did have an apology from Simon. He invited me to his home in Holland Park and said he was sorry for the way I had been treated, and he wished he had stepped in sooner to ensure I was looked after.

‘He said, ‘I can tell this is distressing you. These people have been bad to me, too, and I’m sorry I allowed it to happen and sorry I didn’t step in’.

‘For a moment, I accepted his apology. He shook my hand and said, ‘We will sort it out’. I think it was his way of trying to calm the storm. But no one apologised to me publicly. They left a question mark hanging over my head, which I think is wrong.’

The former X Factor star claimed contestants were forced into signing contracts without any independent legal advice

The former X Factor star claimed contestants were forced into signing contracts without any independent legal advice

She added: ‘There was a level of ownership because ultimately I went on Simon’s show. The contracts I entered into were under his watch. I think he had a responsibility.’

Rebecca – who did not sign with Simon’s record label Syco after The X Factor and releases her new album Heaven Part II on Tuesday – insisted she did not ‘hate’ Simon or the people who have ‘mistreated’ her in the music industry.

Taking to TikTok last yer she gave a lengthy account of the situation: ‘A few years ago I had an issue with two quite major people in the music industry and my life was a living hell from that day when I decided to stick up for myself and not take any BS.

‘My life in the music industry became hell and I’ve tried to speak out about it a lot… 

‘I really peeved off people in the music industry who had quite a lot of power and influence, and were able to hinder my career.’

Rebecca did not identify the individuals.

She continued: ‘One of my albums, especially the (2013) Freedom album, was blocked in some international territories, and one of those territories was the US.

Last year, the former X Factor contestant gave an explosive account of the 'abuse' she suffered in the music industry, with Simon telling her he also had bad experiences with the figures (Simon pictured last month)

Last year, the former X Factor contestant gave an explosive account of the ‘abuse’ she suffered in the music industry, with Simon telling her he also had bad experiences with the figures (Simon pictured last month)

‘For my US fans on TikTok, it was a couple of years ago that the block got lifted and Freedom was finally available digitally for you to download and that was because I fought for that, because actually it was blocked…

‘Certain tours were cancelled and certain promotional tours in the US were also cancelled. So basically I fell out with these people and it had a massive, massive effect on my career.’

Getting tearful, she continued: ‘I can honestly say that the past nine years of my life, although I’ve found happiness now, were torturous. I was petrified, I was so scared of these people. I was going through hell and unable to express what was happening to me properly and fully because no one really understood what was happening. These people for years targeted me and literally put me through hell.’

Breaking down further, she explained: ‘A lot of you have watched me come into showbiz and that’s all I ever wanted to be. Being a singer was my dream since I was a little girl and I really wish that the experience that I’ve had could have been a lot nicer, and I’m not saying I haven’t had an amazing career because I have, and I’m very grateful.

‘But the things that have happened to me I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It’s hard watching these people get away with it.

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Rebecca gave an account of the 'abuse' she suffered in the music industry last year, claiming her life became hell after she fell out with two high-powered figures

Rebecca gave an account of the ‘abuse’ she suffered in the music industry last year, claiming her life became hell after she fell out with two high-powered figures

‘One of the things they did, I was only allowed to be in certain relationships or have certain relationships and I had a lot of security with me many years ago because I’d had certain threats, and my chief security was threatened with his job.

‘They were told, ‘You need to ruin Rebecca’s relationships and if you don’t, you’ll be fired.’

‘As well as that, everything I did was watched. I didn’t have any freedom to be me. Absolutely everything to do with my life was micromanaged. This sounds really weird and silly but, literally, I’d get tucked into bed. People would put me into bed and I’d get given pills before bed.

‘I now honestly could not tell you, and this is the God’s honest truth, I could not tell you what I was being given, I don’t know. But I’d get given tablets and I’d get put to bed after I’d done all my work.

‘My whole life was managed down to the finest detail. Down to who I’m allowed to date. I’d be told off, I’d be shouted at if I was going out with someone, I’d get shouted at like I was a child…

‘I feel like now is a good time to tell my story because the music industry needs to change and for it to change it needs to look at itself, and you need to hear what’s happening to a lot of artists.

‘My whole life was being controlled and, unfortunately, because of my schedule and probably the way I was being treated, I started to become really, really sick. A doctor actually said, ‘Rebecca’s had a complete mental and physical collapse.’

‘The doctor was so worried about me but it didn’t stop me working and I was just about to do an interview with Rolling Stone magazine but the interview was cancelled. I collapsed in a lift and my head hit the floor.

The singer said her life was controlled as she was medicated and tucked up in bed at night by her handlers, and told who she could date and spend time with

The singer said her life was controlled as she was medicated and tucked up in bed at night by her handlers, and told who she could date and spend time with

‘And then I had another interview and I collapsed, head hit the floor. I was unconscious. No ambulance was called for me, no ambulance.

‘I went into the interview and apparently I was that noncoherent and my speech was that distorted that they had to cancel and delete the interview but it didn’t stop the people that were around me from propping me up in bed after my collapse and making me do work from bed on the telephone.’

She said that on one trip she collapsed three times and the airline would not let her fly unless she returned to good health.

‘I was told by the people around me, ‘Rebecca, you need to fake looking well otherwise you’re not going to go home,’ she said.

‘So they didn’t call an ambulance for me, they watched me collapse on multiple occasions, they propped me up in bed like I was a rag doll and made me work.

‘A lot of you have already heard stories like this from people like Britney and there are a lot of other artists that are speaking out now and I’m just another one of them, and I’m doing it to raise awareness.

‘I did end up on the flight and it was a Virgin airways flight and actually I’d like to appeal to the doctor because there was a doctor on that flight and he was so concerned about how ill I was.

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‘We were in Upper Class and he spent his entire flight checking on how I am, checking my vital signs, and I’d just like to appeal to him if he could get in touch with me in any way because that would be amazing… I just want to say thank you to you.

Pop star Rebecca said she became so unwell at one point she repeatedly collapsed and was at one point told she couldn't fly because of her ill health

Pop star Rebecca said she became so unwell at one point she repeatedly collapsed and was at one point told she couldn’t fly because of her ill health

‘I tried to break free from these people because obviously it was quite clear what was happening to me was abuse, actually I’d call it a form of trafficking. You could call it luxury trafficking, call it what you like, but I would call it a form of trafficking.

‘When I tried to break free, everyone that tried to help me was threatened. I ended up getting really close to Elton John, who is absolutely amazing, and he was so, so lovely to me and I have to thank him as well. His team were so lovely to me but even Elton John’s team were threatened.

‘When they tried to help me, when they tried to support me through it, they were disgusted by how I was being treated, they were utterly disgusted. Even when they tried to support me they were getting calls, they were getting threats.’

She added: ‘There’s been a lot of people speaking lately and it’s been really hard to watch it because they come out and they finally pluck the courage to tell their truth and they get ridiculed.

‘And some of the things that get said are, ‘Oh, she’s crazy,’ or, ‘She wishes she had more fame,’ just stupid to me, it’s just daft. Why would you come out and say these things have happened to you, you’d have to be absolutely round the bend. And for fame? Really, come on.

‘When these people come out and tell their story, don’t mock them, don’t dismiss them. You don’t realise what’s going on behind the scenes, what they have had to face.

‘The NDAs (non-disclosure agreements), the bullying, the financial crippling, how they suppress these stories.

‘There was one woman, I’m just going to be really mindful because it’s not my story to tell but she was sexually assaulted and her story was supposed to come out. It didn’t end up coming out because one of the perpetrators who was involved in it all, in the cover up, he gave the press a much bigger story.

‘I was doing an exclusive interview with a really major TV show that we all love, by the way. I got a call from the producer to say that my interview’s not going to go ahead and the reason why it’s not going ahead is because it’s too obvious who it is. That’s what she said to me, ‘If you come and do this interview, it’s too obvious and we can’t touch it.’

‘That’s what people are coming up against.’

Rebecca is a former finalist on the show after successfully auditioning in 2010  (pictured on the show)

Rebecca is a former finalist on the show after successfully auditioning in 2010  (pictured on the show)

‘When you try and speak out, they find ways to ridicule you, mock you, make you look stupid, make you look silly. Or they use their power, money and influence to bury the story’

In 2021 Ferguson went to the Metropolitan Police to report allegations of harassment and coercive control against a senior male industry figure.

The singer claimed she was targeted while working to build her career after coming runner-up on ITV show The X Factor.

Rebecca, who agreed the Mail on Sunday could reveal the complaint she made to police, also met Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to discuss problems within the industry.

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