I was an X Factor star – now I’ve ditched reality TV for FOUR ‘normal jobs’ | The Sun

A FORMER X Factor star has ditched reality TV fame for FOUR behind-the-scenes jobs.

Rhydian Roberts shot to fame on The X Factor in 2007 and came runner-up to eventual winner Leon Jackson.

He went on to release eight albums before announcing his retirement earlier this year.

Now Rhydian works as an artist manager and promoter.

He's is also the agent of acts including Lee Mead and UB40 and his Twitter profile describes him as a property developer and investor.

Opening up about stepping back from the spotlight, Rhydian said: "I’ve not been performing much at all, out of choice, since 2019.

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"I took the decision to go to the other side of music to promoting and managing acts. I’d achieved a lot of what I wanted to achieve in singing."

He added to Wales Online: “It’s a different sort of pressure. I prefer it because you’re working with different personalities and it’s different every day.

"With singing I used to get an anxiety that was similar to people who were scared of flying.

"So that stress has been alleviated somewhat. Working with other people has made me realise how precious I was and how I was worrying for no reason.

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“The job has made me realise that maybe I was never cut out for it in the first place. The X Factor was just a stepping stone to release music and then do other things. My main job is actually in property and that’s my main source of income.”

Last year Rhydian showed off an incredible body transformation and confessed he previously struggled with body dysmorphia.

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