Former 'X Factor' hopeful Gamu Nhengu wrote songs to cope with the stress of her ongoing deportation ordeal – but her fans will never hear them.
The teenager has waited almost a year for a decision to made over whether she and her family should be returned to her native Zimbamwe.
In May this year, it was revealed that Gamu and her family had won their appeal against deportation, as an immigration court ruled that an order for them to be returned to their Zimbabwean homeland should be overturned.
But the 19 year-old, her mother Nokuthula Ngazana and two brothers were dealt a fresh blow as the Home Office confirmed it would appeal against the court’s decision.
Gamu told the Sunday Mail newspaper writing songs was the only way she was able to deal with the trauma of her situation.
But she said the songs won’t be making it on to her new album, which she said was “Gamu-ised” mixture of Motown and soul.
She said: “It came as such a shock and everything exploded. But I just started writing and wrote it all out.
“Those are songs I will keep in a little box whenever I need to be reminded just how far I have come”.
The teenager, who lives in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, shot to fame on last year’s 'X Factor' when she was controversially booted off the show during the judges’ houses round.
Gamu was dropped by judge Cheryl Cole, who took Katie Waissel, Cher Lloyd and runner up Rebecca Ferguson through to the live finals.
The singer’s mother had her visa renewal turned down in August 2010, sparking a long battle against deportation to Zimbabwe.
The teenager is now launching a second bid for stardom and says she has no regrets over her time on the 'X Factor'.
She said: “If 'X Factor' had gone well, I’d have been more easily swayed to do other things because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do at that stage.
“I have grown up now and know exactly what I want my sound to be. If I had gone through with 'X Factor' I would have probably ended up being more diluted.
“I learned so much from it. It’s like a crash course in what showbusiness is like”.