Sam Bailey: 'Being On X Factor Has Put A Strain On My Marriage'

17/12/2013 07:20 | Updated 17 December 2013

'X Factor' winner Sam Bailey has revealed that her marriage has been put under strain since she's been on the show.

The prison officer admitted that her husband of ten years, Craig Pearson, found it tough as Sam - nicknamed Screwbo - put all her energy into the singing contest.

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Sam Bailey

After weeks away from Craig and their two children, Tommy, four, and Brooke, eight, she says she's now looking forward to a family Christmas.

“My husband has drummed that into them. They’ve had as normal a life as they can and they knew where I was. It’s not like I disappeared off the face of the earth.

“It’s going to be tricky but that’s the plan. You have to think about the famous people that do it — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt — if they can so can I.

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Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Sunday night's 'X Factor' final became the second least watched in the show's 10 year history, after attracting its lowest ratings since 2004.

An average audience of 9.5 million (plus an added 219,000 watching on ITV+1) tuned in to see Sam Bailey triumph over Nicholas McDonald.

The figure was also more than a million down on the previous year, when James Arthur was crowned champion.

Sam’s single 'Skyscraper' is available to download now and all profits will be shared equally between Great Ormond St Hospital Children's Charity and Together for Short Lives.

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