Rylan's vanity almost cost him his life

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The X Factor’s Rylan Clark has revealed that his desperation to maintain his tan led him to inject himself with the cancer drug Melanotan II every day for four weeks.

‘I couldn’t breathe properly and though I was going to die,’ admits Rylan, 23.

‘I’m a tanorexic.

‘But I took things too far.’

Rylan has his own tanning booth at his home in Essex, but while appearing on The X Factor has received regular spray tans at the contestants’ hotel.

‘Growing up I got a lot of stick for being gay, fat, pasty and ginger,’ he tells the Sun On Sunday.

‘I thought to myself, well I can’t change the gay thing but everything else I can sort out.’

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