X Factor’s Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

X Factor hopeful Anthony Russell bombarded a young mum with unwanted sex texts and ­videos, the Sunday People can reveal today.

The singer – watched on the ITV show tonight by millions – sent a string of lewd messages, pornographic pictures and X-rated videos to the 28-year-old woman even though she told him to leave her alone on numerous occasions.

He continued to send the unsolicited messages after the shocked mum twice told him they could be viewed by her young children.

She told the Sunday People: “He’s out of order. I told him at least three times to stop but he just kept on sending them. It was disgusting.”

Anthony, 28, who is championed by show judge Louis Tomlinson, said ­today: “I’m sorry if I’ve upset her or caused any ­offence, that was obviously never my intention.”

X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

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X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

Anthony Russell performing on the X Factor
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It is the second scandal to plague Anthony’s X Factor career after he was forced to leave last year’s contest early over a drugs row.

His lewd behaviour will come as a blow to judge Louis, 26, who generously funded his four-month stay in rehab for drink and drug addiction.

Anthony returned to the show this year and won over viewers with a string of emotional performances and statements about his reformed character.

He even credited Louis with “saving his life” as he started a “new beginning”.

X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

Some of the messages
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But the mum of two, who first met the singer when they were at school together, claims the bad boy from Liverpool has been misbehaving all along.

In July Anthony sent the stay-at-home mum two video messages which appear to show him performing a solo sex act.

She replied: “Don’t be senden s*** like that, our baby’s iPad’s linked to my fne… swerve all that am not into it anyway. Knocks me sick.”

Anthony was not deterred and later sent the woman – who is in a long-term relationship – a photo of his manhood despite her repeatedly asking him to stop.

She replied: “Senden me pics. Told u they don’t interest me at all and my son goes on my fone.”

X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

Some of the messages
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But still he persisted and the picture was followed by a lewd voice message on WhatsApp in which he can be heard moaning and making “sex noises”.

The mum wrote back: “R u being ­serious? I’ve listened to tha voice. Swerve it it’s discusten an disrespectful my son goes on my fne am also I’m with someone am all for being ye mate but that’s as far as it goes.” A source close to Anthony claimed he did not understand that the messages could be seen by her children.

But the disgusted mum said: “He really is a disgrace. I am so shocked.

“When Anthony first sent me the sex video I nearly dropped dead because I’m quite prudish. It’s disrespectful to women and vile.

“My long-term partner has gone absolutely berserk. I want to warn other women about Anthony – be careful.”

Anthony first auditioned for the X Factor back in 2007. He reappeared last year but left “due to personal reasons”.

X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

Anthony, 28, is championed by show judge Louis Tomlinson
(Image: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)

He later said. “It got so bad I was drinking every day. I had a decent job on the railway but ruined it all.”

Last week Anthony had everyone dancing in the X Factor aisles with Eye of the Tiger. Impressed judge Simon Cowell told him: “I love you.”

The mum first met him at nursery and they grew up together, often in the same class at primary and secondary school.

“He was the class clown, he was funny and his talent for singing stood out,” she said. “When I was about 19, he would make comments on my Facebook and message me telling me I was gorgeous.

“But this time is different, he took it too far.”

In WhatsApp messages on July 10, around the time Anthony was filming live arena auditions for The X Factor, he
responded to her profile picture: “You look proper boss uno darlin wow xx” and “ure lips must taste dead nice gorg” before sending her one video.

X Factor's Anthony Russell bombarded young mum with unwanted sex texts and videos

It is the second scandal to plague Anthony’s X Factor career after he was forced to leave last year’s contest early over a drugs row
(Image: Sunday Mirror)

She claims he sent her a second filthy video, which is now unavailable to view.

The shocked mum told the singer to stop sending her the explicit content ­because her iCloud account, which stores pictures and videos, is linked to an iPad her young sons use. He replied: “sorry gorgeous.” Days later, Anthony sent her a video showing a posh bedroom he says is his “crib for the next month or so”. Then on July 29 he sent the nude picture and voice message.

She claims that in September Anthony visited her at her home saying he wanted to apologise – but tried it on again.

She said: “He was deluded so I literally threw him out of the flat.”

Anthony told the Sunday People: “Myself and this girl have known each other since we were at school 20 years ago. We got back in touch and both
exchanged mobile phone messages over the summer.”

The mum says she later received an apology from Anthony but insists their friendship is over.

She said: “He needs to get a grip and sort his head out. He thinks he’s the bee’s knees but he’s not. In my opinion he’s not really changed.”

Show history of scandal

Anthony isn’t the only X Factor contestant to become embroiled in scandal.

In 2011, Frankie Cocozza, now 25, was asked to leave after allegedly boasting about snorting cocaine.

Finalist Emily Nakanda, now 26, pulled out in 2007 when shocking phone footage emerged apparently showing her beating up another girl.

James Arthur, 30, won the show in 2012 but later caused outrage after making homophobic slurs.

Two years ago 17-year-old twins Brooks Way left “by mutual consent” after Josh denied being violent to an ex-girlfriend.

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