The X Factor's Josh Daniel opens up exclusively to Now about his battle with depression and how he's now looking to the future...

After dedicating his first audition on the X Factor to his best friend Tom Woolley, who tragically died in 2013, 21-year-old Josh Daniel reveals exclusively to Now how he’s looking to the future…

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Hi Josh! Did you expect Simon and Cheryl to cry during your first audition?
The song was so personal to me – I’d never sung it to anybody before. That subject was something I was very closed about, for obvious reasons. I’ve written a lot of music nobody has ever heard off the back of what happened.

After Tom died, how long was it before you felt able to put pen to paper?
For a long time I suffered bad depression and I wasn’t sure how to deal with his death. I never spoke to anybody about it. I didn’t want to turn to counselling or rely on antidepressants. I wanted to come through it on my own. I knew it would be hard – and it was hard – but I feel I’ve grown as a person and I’ve come out the other side.

What does your tattoo mean?
When I was suffering with depression, my nana told me: ‘God has a plan for everyone’ – and strangely everything has clicked into place, which is why I got a hand with a puppet on my arm. It represents God carrying out his plan for me.

Do you have any secrets you’re worried might come out?
I genuinely don’t have any dirt for people to dish! I’m very open – I’m single, I haven’t been with many people romantically who could sell stories, I rarely drink and I’ve never done drugs.

You sound squeaky clean! Have you ever sent a naked picture?
I can’t lie – yeah, I have! It’s one of those things when you’re in a relationship. It’s just what you do. I have nothing to be ashamed of so I’m not worried.

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