Just days after Gamu Nhengu missed out on a place in the final 12 on the X-Factor, the 18-year-old was dealt yet another blow after receiving news that she and her family must leave the UK after their immigration application was refused.
Gamu’s exclusion from the live finals by judge Cheryl Cole on Sunday night sparked a national outcry with 200,000 people singing up to a Facebook group to protest against the decision. Some reports suggest Cheryl Cole has even received death threats after she omitted the young singer from her final three.
It’s been reported that ITV also received 650 complaints after the singer, originally from Zimbabwe, missed out on a place in the final 12 to Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel, despite giving weak auditions at the judges’ houses stage.
In a statement the UK Border Agency confirm that Gamu’s mother has had her application to stay in the UK refused on the grounds that she “did not meet all the conditions for approval.” Gamu and her two brothers must leave the UK along with their mother as they are her dependents.
One British tabloid has reported that the family are facing deportation as a result of benefits which were wrongly claimed by Gamu’s mother.
The family, who live in Scotland, could be deported from the country if they don’t leave of their own accord.