X Factor winner Dalton Harris's mum admits she DID beat her son but insists he was NEVER homeless

In one particularly shocking incident he recalled being punched so hard by a guy dating his mum he crashed through a window.

His mother reportedly took the side of her boyfriend over her child.

He also said he was homeless for a time as a child.

The truth about the beatings

As the crickets chirp amongst the bushes and mosquitoes circle the open barrel of sitting water used for washing clothes, 52 year-old Sylvia Campbell sits on her porch just days after Dalton beat Scarlett Lee and Anthony Russell to the X Factor title.

It would be easy to think the lines on Sylvia’s face are simply from age and a lifetime of squinting in the sun – but the truth is she hasn’t spoken to her son since October and the worry lines chart a turbulent relationship with her talented son, with accusations slung in both directions.

While Sylvia says her community knows how hard she has tried with her son, the X Factor winner has claimed otherwise.

He's said that he had six siblings on his mum's side but couldn't put an exact number of further half brothers and sisters thanks to his dad’s promiscuity.

He had to spend his first 15 years living in two rooms with five siblings and other lodgers, never having electricity, Christmas presents or being able to afford food.

Dalton has also talked about the abuse he received during that time and often being beaten.

The physical scars are still present today and he's spoken of the mental anguish he endured, saying: “I was told that I should walk into the road and kill myself. I was told I was ugly and illegitimate.”

His mother has responded to her son's remarks, saying: "Yes, (as a child) I beat him when he was rude, but it was more scolding than anything else…

"I scolded him out of love because growing up, he was very troublesome. Maybe I overdid it, but he worked out well”.

'Mommy I'm going to buy you a big house'




'I was the one who spotted his talent'

From there, Dalton was taken under the wing of his teachers and began singing everywhere – at church, school, graduation, karaoke, at local  competitions.

'Everyone gets lashings in Jamaica'

His school reports remarked on an "unacceptable performance" and that he needed to "improve his attendance and behaviour" and "settle down and work hard".

Delores Ricketts, who taught in the theatre arts department there said she used to help him with lunch money and transportation to come to school.

When asked about Dalton's mum abusing him she said. "I don't know of that. I don't know how many of us grew up in Jamaica without getting lashings from their parents.

"Why is it now abuse?… I know she loved Dalton. As a single mother, she needed help."

But as a talented musician, fellow students prodded Dalton to enter the X Factor equivalent in Jamaica, Digicel Rising Stars, even while he was still in high school.

He won JMD$1 million (£6,229 in today’s money). What happened to those winnings remains unclear.

By this time, the 15-year-old had moved out of his mother’s home to live with relatives because of issues on both sides that were unresolved, according to a source familiar with the family situation who did not want to be named.

“Dalton is known to be brash and because he is brash there are persons who misunderstand him, persons who take exception to him, persons who even dislike him,” said Cardis.


He wasn't homeless – I cleaned his new house

Dalton did not respond to our request for comment.

“All I got was hate, hurt, abuse. As a teen it got to me. When people tell you to go and kill yourself, after a couple of years you feel like you probably should.”

Dalton managed to get himself through that dark time and started working on cruise ships, setting his mind on X Factor after seeing a YouTube clip seven years ago.


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