Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy

Reality TV News

Cowell 'fighting Gamu deportation order'

By
Gamu Nhengu

© ITV

Simon Cowell has vowed to help X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu in her battle against deportation.

According to The Sun, the talent show judge has ordered his lawyers to fight the decision by the Home Office for the singer and her family to return to Zimbabwe.

He said: "We are helping Gamu and her family as much as possible and have lawyers working with her lawyers. It's not because we have to but because I really feel for their situation, and that's outside of the show."

A source added: "There is no obligation but it is a natural human thing to offer help, even though she is no longer part of the TV show."

Meanwhile, Nhengu said: "I genuinely fear for my life if we are forced to go back. I love the UK and want to stay here.

"I am so sad I'm not on The X Factor but I don't want people to blame Cheryl. I will respect her decision. I'm inspired by the amazing support I've been shown."

It is claimed that Nhengu faces "squalid" living conditions should she return to her native country.

You May Like