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Rebecca Ferguson won’t be singing at Trump's inauguration next week after all – PHEW.

The X Factor runner-up said in a statement, released by her management company, “There are many grey areas about the offer for me to perform, that I'm unable to share right now, but I will not be singing.”

The 30-year-old had said she would “graciously” perform at the ceremony, if she could sing Strange Fruit; as she wasn’t “comfortable” with the suggested song choice.

“I felt it was the only song that would not compromise my artistic integrity” she wrote, “As a mother and an artist, I had to defend my stance.”

Strange Fruit was originally written as a poem protesting American racism and the lynching of African Americans.

The Bones singer said, “As somebody who has a lot of love for all people, but has a special empathy as well for African American people and the #blacklivesmatter movement, I wanted to create a moment of pause for people to reflect.”

Rebecca added, “Due to circumstances beyond my control concerning the offer to perform at the Inauguration Concert, I was thrown into the middle of a political arena last week.”

She said, “I believe talent is a gift that should be used to heal the wounds of this world and make the world a better place to live in.”

“Pride and ego is what we need to conquer in this world”, she continued, “I think love and standing firm in love against anything that separates us from each other, can heal us in these troubled times of unrest.”

“I genuinely wish your nation nothing but love.”

Next Friday, Jackie Evancho, a runner-up from the 2010 America's Got Talent will sing the American national anthem at the inauguration ceremony.

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X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson shot to fame as a runner-up on the 2010 instalment of the hit talent show, and has now been asked to perform at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration ceremony.

The Liverpool-born singer posted to Twitter, linking her fans to a document containing her conditions for performing at the show.

The singer said she would accept the offer, as long as she would be allowed to perform Strange Fruit, a civil rights anthem originally sang by Billie Holiday which highlights the struggles of black American's in the past.

Strange Fruit was first recorded in 1939 and takes its title from the lynchings of black people in the American Deep South.

"I've been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing ‘strange fruit' a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial," tweeted the star.

"A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States."

"A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington."

Her condition for performing has caused a heated debate in the comments section of the tweet, as some haters have branded her condition as '"unnecessary."

Others commended her on her choice to highlight racial issues in America, but question why she chose not to address Trump's "comments about women."

Most have speculated that the offer will be withdrawn due to her performance condition.

Other performers confirmed to appear so far are the Radio City Rockettes, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and singer Jackie Evancho, of America’s Got Talent, who will sing the national anthem.

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Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson was in tears today as she admitted in a live broadcast that she was sexually abused as a child.

Appearing on ITV's Loose Women, she told the panel that she was just eight years old and living in a children's home when the abuse took place.

The 30-year-old mother-of-three revealed: "I've never said this – this is really weird," before adding: "I've never spoken about it. I told one friend, but – as I've launched a website – this is the perfect place to speak about it.

"That is what I'm trying to do, make a safe place where women can speak about their problems."

Rebecca continued: "It affects your esteem – how you allow yourself to be treated by men, how you feel about yourself and what you expect to be treated like."

The singer, who finished in the runner-up spot during the 2010 series of X Factor then revealed that it's taken her "years" to build up her self-esteem and she "didn't receive any counselling".

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Rebecca Ferguson has finally opened up about her latest trauma in which a woman that she had considered a friend was sent to prison for stealing from her.

The 28-year-old star broke down in court last month when she explained how Rachel Taylor had conned her out of more than €61,000.

In a new interview with the Mirror, the former X Factor star opened up about her struggles and how she is trying to put it all behind her.

“I finally got justice, but I’m still recovering from it all,” the former flame of Zayn Malik revealed.

“There was so much more to it, and only so much that gets said in court, and I think if people knew everything they would be quite surprised to hear how I got through it all.”

The mum-of-three admitted that she believes it was her faith in people and putting trust in them that allowed Ms Taylor to take such advantage of her.

“I’m one of those people who tries to look for the good in people, but I’ve learnt that, actually, no, some people fundamentally just are not nice.”

A court found the woman who had been posing as Rebecca’s accountant guilty of two counts of fraud and the 54-year-old was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Rebecca has had her fair share of ups and downs, with the recent court case and a series of unfortunate relationships.

But, while the Glitter and Gold singer is still single at the moment, she says she is the happiest she has been in years.

“I’m doing the new album which I’m really excited about, and I’m just in a really good place. I am the happiest I’ve been in years.” 

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With two studio albums under her belt since appearing on The X Factor in 2010, Rebecca Ferguson could have been set up for life.

But speaking in court earlier this week, the mum-of-three revealed how she was conned out of over "well over £100,000" (€140,000) in earnings by a former friend and business advisor. Rebecca choked back tears during a hearing in London's Crown Court as as she explained what had happened.

"Her crimes go deeper than money," she said. "I felt she had become obsessed with me and my family and sought not only to steal from me but to rob everything I had worked hard for."

Rebecca outlined one incident in which she had transferred £3,350 (€4,700) to the former friend's bank account, believing it was going into a trust fund for her daughter Lillie May.

Testifying about the emotional and mental damage she has suffered as a result of the fraudster's actions, Rebecca said, "My heart and my mind are broken by her crimes… As a result of everything, I cannot trust people, and I was always a naturally shy person."

She explained that it had changed her life significantly, adding, ""I now question everybody and it limits me socially."

Rebecca rose to fame on The X Factor after finishing in second place to Matt Cardle.

She notoriously became close to One Direction's Zayn Malik after meeting him on the show, and the pair ended up dating for four months, which sparked controversy among fans due to their six-year age gap. 

Speaking about the relationship a year after it ended, Rebecca called it a "blip" and a "mistake," saying, "That to me is a moment in my life that I just think, 'What was going on? You were having a breakdown.'"

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It’s been almost five years since One Direction’s Zayn Malik and his X Factor co-star Rebecca Ferguson dated.

Their romance was the talk of the season that year and last night it was rumoured that Rebecca would be writing a tell-all autobiography – including details about her relationship with Zayn!

Thankfully, Zayn can rest easy as Rebecca has taken to Twitter to deny any book, stating that she has far too much respect for her ex to do that:

“No story about zany I respect him too much to be negative if you don’t like me paint me what ever way you like with facts! That’s showbiz … But don’t lie because then that isn’t journalism that’s just being a tw##! So for the record no tell all on zany too much respect for him.”

Strangely, Rebecca later deleted the tweets from her social media page, writing simply: “I am not writing a book very busy with my 3 beautiful children and my new album.”

Zayn is now engaged to be married to Little Mix star Perrie Edwards while Rebecca welcomed her third child, Arabella late last year.

It’s nice to see that the former couple still care for one another a lot – there seems to be a lot of respect there! 

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X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson was said to be shocked and terrified after her children’s grandfather and uncle were shot.

Karl Dures, 51, was hit in the leg and 27-year-old Craig Dures was shot in the face as they stood on a street corner in Merseyside. Rebecca dated Karl’s son – also called Karl – and had two children with him.

Both men were in hospital at the weekend as the 2010 X Factor runner-up Rebecca, 27, performed on her European tour in Cologne.

Rebecca has said bricklayer Karl, who she met him on holiday in 2003, was her “first love”.

They split before she appeared on the X Factor but his family took their two children, then five and four, to London to watch her perform live.

Rebecca said afterwards, “It was hard splitting from Karl because I think you should always try to stay together when you’ve got children.

“It’s not easy being a single mum but I have a very good, civil relationship with Karl. He lives locally and is an active father.”

Three people were reportedly arrested in Manchester on Saturday in connection with the shooting.

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Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson collapsed live on TV today while performing on ITV show Loose Women.

Rebecca, who was a runner-up on the 2010 series of the show, was in the middle of new song All That I’ve Got when she fainted

The incident took place during the closing credits of the show and Twitter was filled with posts by worried fans and viewers.

The 27-year-old has tweeted an update on her condition: “I am feeling much better will rest today so sorry to worry everybody I fought through that song but at the end had nothing left love yas xxx,” she wrote.

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