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X Factor's Jahmene Says Winning Would Mean New Hope For His Mum

04/12/2012 11:57 | Updated 22 May 2015
X Factor's Jahmene wants to help victims of domestic violencePA

X Factor contestant Jahmene Douglas, 21, has said that if he wins this year's show, it would give 'hope' to his much-loved mum, Mandy.

Jahmene said that a successful signing career for him would enable his mother to 'move on from everything that has happened in the past.'

Devoted son Jahmene has previously told reporters how Mandy was abused by his father Eustace. He said that his dad had '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 said that on one occasion when the police came to their house, he couldn't even recognise his mum's face.

Speaking to this week's New! magazine Jahmene said that he was 'used' to seeing Mandy beaten and covered in bruises and that he would just hug her, unable to bring himself to talk about what she had been through.

"I never did say anything in the house," he admits.

Tormented Jahmene tells the mag that the horrific attacks he witnessed have continued to haunt him.

"The thing that stays with you is hearing your mother scream and not being able to do anything," he says.

Jahmene adds that every day was like a 'living hell', and became so bad that his elder brother Daniel took his own life.

"We would all get beaten, with mum, Daniel and me getting the worst of it," he says.

His mum Mandy now works with the Women's Aid charity and Jahmene says he would like to support them if he wins X Factor.

"I'm hoping to back Women's Aid and help the refuges get all the funding they need," he said.

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