And the controversy keeps following this one!
New reports have emerged that X Factor's Katie Waissel was so awful to her former fiancee that he attempted suicide!
32-year-old Gareth Russell claims that he got together with her in 2006, and was instrumental securing her first break as a supporting act for Andy Abraham, but the opportunity went to her head, which affected her attitude and how she treated him!
As a result, Russell endured constant bullying from the contestant while the two were together, and explains:
"She'd call me overweight, fat slob, a fat bastard, a waste of space. She'd complain that I was 'too Northern' and dressed like 'Northern riff-raff.' this went on pretty much every day. People will think I'm an idiot for putting up with it. But she just pickled my head. She was like a little devil child."
He even claims that she would ridicule him when he watched The X Factor!
"She always slated it. She'd say 'Why are you watching this rubbish? They're all wasters.' She called them 'a joke'. And she'd say the judges didn't know what they were talking about."
In April 2007, Russell overdosed on pills, and had to be rushed to the hospital. Luckily, he survived, although Waissel was with him during his recovery, they broke up two days later after a huge argument.
In light of these new reports, a spokesperson for The X Factor released the following statement:
"Katie had a relationship with Gareth that ended some time ago. She was supportive as possible during his difficult time."
But we certainly think there is more than this side to the story.
Obviously, we sympathize with what he endured, but Russell is a grown man, and even if Katie treated him as poorly as he claims, we hope he takes accountability for his own actions in the relationship. Nobody forced him to stay with her as long as he did and certainly nobody forced him to attempt to take his own life.
But abusive relationships, even if they're verbal, can be tricky and difficult to get out of in their own right, so who knows what really went on?
We're just thankful that nobody was seriously hurt and that these two are not together anymore!
What do U think?? Should Katie be held accountable for what happened to her former fiancee?
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