Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:34 AM GMT-5

Dalton Harris had a tumultuous journey on the way to becoming last year’s winner of UK based X Factor. While taking part in one of the world’s top singing competitions, the young singer had to face mountainous obstacles.

For a moment, Harris had to bear the brunt of intense cyber bullying as a result of a photograph which cause serious backlash and even death treats against the singer.

Despite the numerous amounting death treats that Harris faced and is still facing up to this day, his is now more motivated to come out on top.

“The viral reaction towards a photograph of me and a fellow contestant on the X Factor was taken ‘WAY’ out of content, but nevertheless that lead me to discover strength I didn’t knew I had. It seemed, at the time, that the entire island had so much hate and disgust for me, for a picture that was an actual funny instance of a wider moment, and made assumptions of me and my life”.

He went on to open up about some of the treats he had received over the viral photo.

“I got videos of people brandishing guns, saying they would kill me because of an inaccurate assumption, because of a picture which was in light fun. I still understand that the only response that would have satiated the negative and hateful folks was a homophobic one, and I am not not homophobic. I respect different forms of socialisation, and I’m not at all worried about second guessing myself either.”

These days, ‘back to work’ means hitting the road for X Factor Live Tour alongside the other top 10 competition finalists.

It also means getting in the studio soon.

“For 2019, my plan is to continue recording, complete my album, learn more, maintain peace and just love. Growth is the only mission. I am so greatful. A country bwoy who was called all those names then, and even now. Never turned out bad, and I am just only starting.”

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