‘X Factor’ twins Brooks Way have spoken out following the decision by show bosses to axe them from the competition before they’d sung a note on the live shows.
The 17-year-old brothers were absent from Saturday’s first live show, with host Dermot O’Leary explaining their absence was “due to circumstances”.
It later emerged that Josh Brooks – who makes up one half of the group – had been accused of physically abusing a former girlfriend last year.
Amelia Clark claims Josh punched and bit her during their four year relationship, which came to an end earlier this year.
Following an emergency meeting with ‘X Factor’ bosses, the decision was made to permanently axe the duo from the competition.
A source told The Sun: “The boys were in bits during the 90 minute meeting and completely broke down in tears.
“Show bosses went really hard saying they can’t tolerate that behaviour and they’re not welcome back at the studios.”
The twins have since taken to Twitter to slam what they describe as “false allegations” made against Josh.
“Today, we have had a tough day with a false allegation. Don’t believe everything you read, both Amelia and Josh will be stating the truth,” they tweeted.
They added: “The truth always wins.”
Today, we have had a tough day with a false allegation. Don’t believe everything you read, both Amelia and Josh will be stating the truth.
— Brooks Way (@ThisIsTheBrooks) October 9, 2016
Another source told The Mirror that show bosses were left with no choice but to axe the brothers as more details emerged about the abuse allegations.
“The plan was to originally keep them off the show for a week, then reintroduce them, but as more details have unfolded it’s just been hard for them to do,” the source told the newspaper.
“There’s been talks of tonight’s votes being rolled over to next week, with no elimination tonight but the team is really split on whether that’s the right thing to do.
“It’s obvious that the boys wanted to stay on the show, however, their family did also want to pull them from the competition. Ultimately it was the show’s decision to axe them.”
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