Britain’s Got Talent’s child star Bailey McConnell unrecognisable eight years after wowing judges age 15 | The Sun

BRITAIN's Got Talent’s child star Bailey McConnell is all grown up eight years after storming the show.

The singer wowed the judges and audiences alike when he performed his own song at his audition back in 2014.



Footage for the episode of the ITV show has more than 40million views online, and his appearance garnered him hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

Now the angelic child star has transformed into a buff 23-year-old who is still making music, having recently released new track Scars.

Bailey has also changed up his hair since he rose to fame on the talent show.

He’s now sporting some platinum blonde locks and has an edgier fashion sense.

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Since appearing on BGT, Bailey has been honest about his battle with
depression and once said he was so badly bullied that he wanted to die.

He wrote a song called Crystalise where he talked about the
experience.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, he said: “I went through a tough time at the start of secondary school when I was bullied.

“I was about 11 and I got really down about it, although now I look back and think ‘Why did I get myself in such a state?’.

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“It was awful at the time, a lot of name calling and I wasn’t strong enough to not mind. It got inside me.

“I thought the only way out for me was to not be here anymore.

“I got through it by talking to my family and through songwriting. I got my first guitar for Christmas 2012.

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“I’ve turned that negative experience into a positive one by writing a song about it.

“It always makes me emotional when I sing Crystalise as it describes my most troubled time and has the most meaning to me.”


You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
  • Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
  • Movember, www.uk.movember.com
  • Anxiety UK www.anxietyuk.org.uk, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

 

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