I always made my songs very conversational, and if anyone ever has a conversation with me, they know I'm a very open guy, very open and honest.
I'm 100 million percent not homophobic. I despise that label being attached to me.
You do need money to make a good demo; you do need a bit of financial support.
I want to help people to get to know my story and really tell them in detail what I've been through.
I want to put out music I really believe in, and when I felt that was threatened, I lashed out at everybody.
I had some glamour models messaging me on Twitter and saying they think I'm hot, but I'm being careful.
I think Justin Bieber and Zayn have both been listening to me a lot, and they basically wanna be me.
I don't know if speaking to a therapist is right for everyone.
I grew up in a house full of women - I have four sisters. I'm more feminine than some gay men.
I've always maintained a good relationship with Simon Cowell, and obviously I have a great respect for him, and his show provided me with a platform to reach a lot of people, so I have the upmost respect for Simon Cowell.
My music is about love, and I don't discriminate against any type of person.
People were telling me it was refreshing I was real because previous 'X Factor' winners were too afraid to say anything. I decided to go against the grain. But I took it too far.
I went from absolutely nothing to a lot of people judging me overnight, and it was really tough for me.
I don't think I made it clear where I was mentally when I appeared on 'X Factor.' There was so much pressure and a lot of judging. But I wanted to take a chance on the show because I wanted to make something of myself. 'X Factor' seemed like the only way out.
There had to be a point where I had to stop feeling sorry for myself.
I wasn't a happy kid. I felt like my mum ruined our chance of a better life, because when she remarried, we went to live in Bahrain, on a compound with a swimming pool, and she ruined it all.
'X Factor' was the best experience of my life to be part of a show watched by so many people.
Not only was I an 'X Factor' winner that got dropped by Syco - and when that happens, you're never heard of again - but everyone thought I was a clown.
Yes I got into things with girls who only liked me because of who I was. But I learnt my lesson quickly.
People who aren't artists don't think about creativity and art; they think about money.
Having watched 'X Factor' over the years, they just haven't got it right. The male winners haven't been believable. They look like puppets; they sound like puppets.
I have been through and seen so many dramas and traumas and been in so many situations that I can probably interpret a few different characters.
I'm trying this thing where I don't regret as much 'cause it doesn't really work that well to regret things.
I've made mistakes, and I'm very aware of them, and I've tried to better myself from those mistakes.
When you find fame, or you get signed to a record label, it's not what you imagined - because you imagined they would have 100 percent trust or faith in you as an artist. Unfortunately, that's not really the case - it's what sells.
I have the words 'love' and 'life' on my knuckles, and I would half like those removed.
Everyone loves a comeback story, and everyone loves the underdog as well. I kind of feel like I've been the underdog. Hopefully that inspires people to not give up on themselves and their lives and not give up on their dreams.
Being in bands and plugging away with not many opportunities and no money for many years really shaped me and taught me about work ethic.
I'm very much a 'boyfriend' type of guy. I've been in relationships since I was 16.
One of my fans made a lifelike doll of me. It was incredible - it looked just like me - but an effigy is kinda weird.
I really want to work with Eminem. I know it will never happen, but I would love if he let me do a hook on one of his songs or he featured on one of my songs. It would be incredible. I've just always admired him since I was young.
I often think about starting a band again, doing my solo stuff and a band. I grew up in bands.
It can feel like your whole world is caving in on you, and if you don't speak about it, it gets worse. You have to talk about your problems.
I think Sam Smith's dad got a huge loan or something to help his career. Those things can help artists get attention, but I guess my song 'Say You Won't Let Go' proved it's about the song.
I think a lot of things get blown out of proportion in the media.
I got offered loads of reality shows, including 'I'm A Celebrity' and 'Celebrity Big Brother.'
I really want to do acting, and I don't want to be typecast because of my tattoos.
There are many things people don't know about me, and maybe when they read about those things, they will have an understanding of the journey I have been on, why I've made the mistakes I have, and hopefully help other people overcome their adversities.