18/11/2015 04:39 GMT | Updated 18/11/2015 04:59 GMT

‘X Factor': Lauren Murray Says Living In Contestant's House Was Like ‘Prison' And Reveals She's Had Therapy Since Joining The Show To Help Her Cope

X Factor’ contestant Lauren Murray has described her time living with the other finalists in their shared house as being like ‘Big Brother meets Glee meets prison’.


The 26-year-old has since moved out of the luxury North London pad because the show’s cameras got too much for her.

Lauren Murray

“I found the filming the hardest to deal with,” Lauren told The Mirror. “The camera is there when you wake up, it’s there when you go to sleep. I felt like I could never relax. It’s intense.”

Lauren, who was prescribed antidepressants following her father’s death, also revealed she has seen a therapist since taking part in the latest series of the ITV show.

“I have had a little bit of counselling because you do become unbalanced with change,” she says. “It’s not just because I’m on antidepressants. I think everyone has little breakdowns.”

The singing hopeful also spoke out about the controversial Six Chair Challenge stage of the show, branding it ‘horrific’.

“I was drained,” she explained. “I definitely think they should get rid of Six Chair Challenge. I found it horrific. But they won’t – it’s too good TV.”

Earlier this month it was reported that Lauren had packed her bags and left the ‘X Factor’ house, after her close friend, Kiera Weathers was voted off the show.

Lauren has also vented her frustration about Kiera’s departure on social media, claiming the contestants’ house “felt empty” without her and Seann, also writing on Instagram that she was her “best friend for the rest of my life”, adding: “I swear she has the kindest heart ever!”


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