X Factor’s Jake Sims ‘not proud of past behaviour’ following drug tweets scandal

The X Factor’s Jake Sims has been caught up in yet another Twitter scandal after it was reported that he tweeted about drug use.


by Fiona Day |
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The tweets- which were written before the 19-year-old auditioned for the show- referred to cannabis use.

One reportedly read: "Always smoke upon one before sleep," whilst another one said: "Come smoke herb with the boyz again soon pretty princess xxx (sic)."

The latest scandal comes just hours before Jake is set to appear alongside his Stereo Kicks band mates in tonight’s X Factor ‘Fright Night’.


But Jake is keen to distance himself from the controversy, with a friend of the singer claiming he is ‘not proud’ of his pre-X Factor past.

A source close to the teenager said: "Jake's not proud of how he's behaved in the past.

Jake regrets the tweets
Jake regrets the tweets

"He has done a lot of growing up over the past year and in no way wants to let his fans, or his band mates, down.

"He holds his hands up and accepts how stupid his behaviour was, but wants to put this behind him and focus on making the most of the opportunity he has been given.


"The tweets about crack are actually references to song lyrics and he has never smoked or sold crack."

An X Factor spokesman said: "The X Factor does not condone the use of drugs in any way and appropriate action will be taken against any contestant found to be taking drugs while involved with the programme."

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