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Jahmene DouglasJahmene Douglas (born 1990) is a former ASDA employee from Swindon, Wiltshire and an X-Factor finalist. Although Douglas struggled with his confidence at the boot camp stage of the competition, he managed to advance to Judges Houses, where he impressed mentor Nicole Scherzinger with his rendition of David Guetta's "Titanium". Douglas admitted after the second live show ("Love and Heartbreak" week) that he struggled to connect with the song as he had never had a girlfriend, and also had never had a proper kiss.

X Factor contestant Jahmene Douglas has opened up about the 'living hell' that he endured as a child, which also robbed him of a brother as the 'pressure of living in a climate of fear became too much'.

The heart-breaking interview, published in The Sun (October 20), tells of Jahmene's horrific ordeal that saw him and his two brothers and sisters forced into refuges and even had to change their names to try to evade the 'control freak's' evil clutches.

Unemployed father Eustace Douglas was eventually jailed after a terrible blowtorch attack on Jahmene's mother Manday, but even that didn't end the ordeal, as the singer's brother then took his own life after the pressure of living in such a climate of fear became too much.

Speaking out about their hell for the first time, shy Jahmene told The Sun: “Every day I thought, ‘I’m going to die today’. It was just torture. It would turn my stomach every time I saw my father. I was living in fear."

“He would flip over anything — you didn’t lie, you didn’t swear, you didn’t put a foot out of place. But he’d always find something. Then you’d never know what he would do. There was a spectrum of things: Hitting you with a belt or a spatula, beating or strangling you."

“Once, because I bit my nails, he put a knife under my nail until it started bleeding. Another time he stopped me from eating for two days. I was about seven or eight.”

Things came to an awful head in 2002 after Jahmene’s mum, Mandy Wood, got a job at the Post Office.

She explained: “I got a job and he said I’d never get one. That’s what pushed him over the edge.”

This then sparked a three-day ordeal of horrific violence, which saw her imprisoned in her own bedroom whilst her partner tortured her. Describing the height of the abuse, Jahmene recalled: “It was one of the worst nights ever. I woke up thinking, ‘Is she still alive?’ He used a blowtorch to brand her, used knives on her, dragged her through the hallway naked by her hair. He threatened to kill all of us in front of her."

He continued, “When the police came I couldn’t even recognise her face." to seeing her being beaten and having bruises but this time she had hair missing, burn marks and her eyes were all puffed out, black and glazed over."
Jahmene with sister Jaheme and Mandy
Jahmene with his siter Jahmene with his mother, Mandy Thomas

“I just hugged her. I couldn’t say anything. I never did say anything in the house."bsp;




Jaheme is the son of Eustace Douglas and Mandy Wood/Thomas, herself the daughter of Manday ???.



Jahmene had two brothers and ??? sisters.  His elder brother, Daniel, took his own life.


X-Factor 2012


Jahmene Douglas came second in the nailbiting finale of X Factor 2012, but new reports suggest Simon Cowell is offering the Swindon singera second chance to beat winner James Arthur - in the charts!

Jahmene Douglas is, according to new reports, set to sign a music deal with X Factor overlord Simon Cowell's company SyCo.

And, looking at the success of previous runners-up like JLS, One Direction, Rebecca Ferguson, Olly Murs and even Jedward, we imagine he'll have a pretty good chance at a number one hit.

According to the Metro, Louis Walsh let slip that Cowell has "big plans" for the former Asda worker after watching his progress in the competition. And Gary Barlow also hinted live on television that Jahmene would not be without a record deal for long, saying: "The albums are going to be great. I can’t wait to listen to both of them."

Despite losing out to James Arthur, who has already released his debut single 'Impossible', Jahmene remained ultra-gracious in defeat, saying it "was such a privilege to share this stage with such an amazing talent".

"You are so amazing. Use this platform wisely James."ly to see that the two contestants held each other with such a degree of respect; we shall keep our fingers crossed that this continues long after the show has ended.



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