X Factor Star Hits Back at Simon Cowell After Jungle Jibe 7 years ago

X Factor Star Hits Back at Simon Cowell After Jungle Jibe

Former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden has hit back at Simon Cowell after he made comments about taking part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

According to The Sun newspaper, the music mogul said that some of the aspiring singers in the competition lacked the determination to succeed.

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He then added that they “are happy to come fourth or tenth and end up in the jungle” seemingly referring to Jake.

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Simon Cowell pictured alongside Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

Now the 26-year-old, who came second in the show hosted by Ant and Dec, has allegedly responded.

He said: “It’s not about being famous for me, it’s about doing something I love. I love music but when I’m A Celeb came up, I didn’t think, ‘Oh, that could make me more famous.’

“I went out of The X Factor at the right time. I wasn’t as good as the other acts. And the fact I came out when I did meant that I got approached by I’m A Celeb which was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

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Jake came second in this year's I'm A Celebrity.