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Rylan Clark admits using cancer drug to boost tan

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Rylan Clark has admitted that he is a 'tanorexic', reports The Sun On Sunday.

The X Factor star revealed that he even used to inject Melanotan II - a drug developed to treat cancer patients - in an effort to keep his skin looking bronzed.

Rylan Clark
X Factor contestant Rylan Clark arriving back at his hotel
London, England - 04.10.12
Credit: (Mandatory): Will Alexander/WENN.com

© WENN



Clark bought the substance on the internet and injected himself daily for four weeks before experiencing unpleasant side effects.

"I couldn't breathe properly," the Essex-born singer told the paper. "I thought I was going to die."

Despite the scare, Clark admitted that he continued to use Melanotan II - which he claimed is not illegal to buy but is illegal to sell - for a further two months.

"I'm vain. I couldn't help myself. It was crazy," he said. "I'm a tanorexic. But I took things too far."

Clark - who also has a tanning booth in his home - explained that his addiction started in adolescence: "Growing up I got a lot of stick for being gay, fat, pasty and ginger. I thought to myself, 'Well I can't change the gay thing but everything else I can sort out'."

X Factor contestant Rylan Clark arriving back at his hotel.
London, England - 06.10.12
Credit: (Mandatory): Will Alexander/WENN.com

© WENN



After he began to develop white spots on his stomach, Clark finally stopped using drugs. He is currently having regular spray tans at the five-star London hotel where the X Factor finalists are staying.

On the first of the live shows that aired last night (October 6), Gary Barlow criticised Nicole Scherzinger's decision to put the 23-year-old through, saying the panel should be "ashamed" of themselves.

Clark hit back and said that although he did not have the "best voice" in the competition, there was a "lot more to the show than the voice".

He told the panel: "This is what I want to do."

The X Factor continues tonight at 8pm.

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