Singer can't get on the property ladder

Leona Lewis might have huge success here and in the States, but the X Factor winner is having a hard time finding a suitable house in her home town of London.

The singer – whose single Bleeding Love shot to No1 in the US charts this week – is struggling to get onto the property ladder.

‘It’s a myth that Leona is a millionaire,’ her dad Joe says. ‘She earns enough to live on, but that’s it.’

Recently Leona, 22, and boyfriend Lou Al-Chamaa had to pull out of buying a £500,000 house in East London.

‘It was really upsetting,’ a pal tells The Sun. ‘They had their heart set on a property and offered the asking price.

‘But the seller thought she was a pop star and could afford more, so he upped the price by £100,000. It’s cruel.’

Leona is currently renting a flat in Hackney.

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