'I owe a lot of money, so the winner's cheque would be nice!': X Factor finalist Fleur East admits she has thousands of pounds worth of debt

She's opened up about being in a very dark state of depression before the X Factor. 

But finalist Fleur East has confessed to owing thousands of pounds worth of debt ahead of Sunday night's singing showdown.

Fleur, who will compete for glory against Ben Haenow in the final, says she has her eyes on the financial prize alongside a Sony record deal as she urgently needs to pay back her bank and her parents.

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Pay back time: Fleur East says she's in it to win it with this weekend's X Factor final, admitting she has a lot of debt to pay back with her winner's cheque

Pay back time: Fleur East says she's in it to win it with this weekend's X Factor final, admitting she has a lot of debt to pay back with her winner's cheque

The East London native, who said the show had saved her from depression last week, was forced to borrow money from her parents when she worked as a waitress and couldn't afford to keep pursuing a floundering singing career.

Fleur told The Mirror on Sunday: 'There's a lot of money I owe, so much the winner's cheque would be nice. I'm indebted to my parents. 

'I've borrowed so much money I don't even know the amount any more - into the thousands. It will take a lifetime to pay back.' 

Competition is on: The show lost third place act Andrea Faustini on Saturday night, leaving Fleur and Ben Haenow battling for the win

Competition is on: The show lost third place act Andrea Faustini on Saturday night, leaving Fleur and Ben Haenow battling for the win

The singer would like to emulate Leona Lewis' success, she says, and won't settle for second place because of the urgency to repay her family after they provided constant financial backing for her career aspirations.

Fleur explained: 'I've lived in my overdraft for about four years. I was over the overdraft, I was borrowing money from my family. My parents were scraping the barrel so I could sing.' 

Over 25s contestant Fleur dazzled on Saturday night's show, flying through to the final following last week's chart topping performance of Uptown Funk. 

Passion: Fleur has admitted that depression almost saw her give up hope in the competition but now has the ambition to emulate Leona Lewis' career

Passion: Fleur has admitted that depression almost saw her give up hope in the competition but now has the ambition to emulate Leona Lewis' career

Low points: Fleur said she had been in thousands of pounds worth of debt before entering the show, just through trying to support a floundering music career

Low points: Fleur said she had been in thousands of pounds worth of debt before entering the show, just through trying to support a floundering music career

Both being Simon Cowell's acts, there will be no competition on the judging panel, though it's a face off between the male and female acts.

As Over 25s contestants, the pair will be competing for their last shot at fame and Fleur has battled to build a career out of singing.  

Reflecting on her X Factor experience, solo act Fleur - who became the front runner in the show after emerging from nowhere before Judges' Houses - last week said she didn't recognise herself from before the opportunity.

Fighting for it: Fleur admitted the second place spot wouldn't be enough for Sunday night's final, saying she had her eye on the financial prize

Fighting for it: Fleur admitted the second place spot wouldn't be enough for Sunday night's final, saying she had her eye on the financial prize

She revealed to The Mirror: 'There was no motivation in me - there wasn't even any drive to get up in the morning because what's the point? I was definitely depressed. Looking back, I'm like, "Who was that?''' 

Fleur explained how she'd battled with the lack of pace in her career before the auditions, saying that without dates in her diary, she was losing hope.

As well as the motivation of the winner's cheque, the show has given Fleur a revived drive and admits she's in it to win it this weekend.

Show down: The final two of Simon Cowell's Over 25 acts will battle for the first place spot on Sunday night

Show down: The final two of Simon Cowell's Over 25 acts will battle for the first place spot on Sunday night

Final farewell: Andrea Faustini lost out to the other two on Saturday night and bid farewell next to Dermot O'Leary

Final farewell: Andrea Faustini lost out to the other two on Saturday night and bid farewell next to Dermot O'Leary

 

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