The singing sensation isn't a fan of grand gestures

Matt Cardle would have been devastated had he not won The X Factor.

Not that he would have shown it. 

‘I wanted to win more than anybody. I’ve dedicated my whole life to this,’ he reveals.

‘People get the wrong impresssion – they think that because I wasn’t crying and flapping my hands around, I didn’t want to win.’

The 27-year-old heartthrob is now ready for fame.

‘It would have been crushing to get this close and then go back to being a painter-decorator,’ says Matt.

‘I’ll do my best and work my hardest. I want as much control over my career as possible. I want to write my own stuff.’

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Lucy Halfhead