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‘X Factor’ Hopeful Arrested After Tearful Audition Airs In UK

The X Factor UK 2016 is barely even a month old, but controversy is already bubbling to the surface. Rebekah Ryan, who wowed the judges with an emotional take on “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, was arrested only moments after her audition aired for the first time in the UK.

Apparently, the arrest is due to Ryan attacking the new girlfriend of her son’s father outside a pub in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

“We were called at 7:15 PM on Sunday, September 11 to reports of an assault outside the Fox Inn in Tamworth,” a spokesperson told The Sun Online. “A 29-year-old woman from Tamworth suffered swelling to her eye after she was punched in the face. A 40-year-old woman was arrested and given a conditional caution for assault by beating.”

Ryan only recently split with her ex, Matt Debono, last year after nine years together. A friend of Ryan’s told the Daily Mirror, “Rebekah knows it’s no excuse but the circumstances around the weekend were a culmination of personal issues with those involved. She does regret hitting [Debono’s new girlfriend] and wants to put the issue behind her.”

'X Factor' Hopeful Arrested After Tearful Audition Airs In UK

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No idea what caused the issue leading to the fight, but it’s believed that her Debono’s new girlfriend was trying to keep the peace between Ryan and Debono. Ryan took offense and lashed out, and the police became involved from there. Debono and Ryan have a young son together, so perhaps Ryan’s anger towards her ex had something to do with their child’s upbringing. Hell, I can’t think of a reason why she’d be confronting him at all if they’re no longer together romantically. But I guess you never know what some people are thinking when they snap.

Ryan had been one of the early frontrunners in the competition, given the emotional nature of her audition. She lost her three-year-old son from a previous relationship, due to a doctor misdiagnosing a condition that turned out to be Sandhoff Syndrome. Another big reason Ryan was considered one to watch was her past as a successful recording artist. She had a Top 40 single in the UK back in 1996 as an artist signed to MCA Records. This was essentially her comeback story. But it looks like it might already be over (doubly so if she’s already been cut, considering Boot Camp and Six-Chair Challenge rounds were filmed two whole months ago). Here’s hoping Ryan can straighten her life out.

What do you think about this mess? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on The X Factor UK 2016, find out which two other acts could potentially be kicked off the show for their behavior!

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