Travis hits back at the BGT claims
Despite getting a standing ovation for his perfomance, Britain’s Got Talent star Travis was hit with “fix” claims, with many fans suggesting he had “been in the showbiz world for years”.
However, speaking in a new interview, the singer hit back at the claims, telling Christine Lampard he isn’t a trained actor or singer.
Appearing alongside his mum on Lorraine, Travis explained: “[It’s] my first controversy.
“There’s this weird thing that I’m some famous actor… I’ve never been trained as an actor or singer. I had no clue what I was doing when I got on that stage.
“Britain’s Got Talent had no idea about my very small amount of acting before I went on it. I had to tell them before I got the opportunity.”
He continued: “I haven’t been educated in the arts. I haven’t got any GCSEs.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Travis opened up about his autism disagnosis, telling Christine he felt so nervous walking on stage.
He shared: “It was hard enough to get on the stage. Everybody saw how nervous I was.
“I don’t know how you can perform in front of that many people, especially industry legends, who know exactly what they’re talking about, watching you.
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“It’s such a nerve-racking thing, but I loved every second.”
He added: “Something I didn’t get the chance to speak about is I am on the autistic spectrum and when you’re diverse and you have those abilities.
“I say ability, not disability – I wanted to say that’s something.
“You have your own process… mine to get through performances is [that] I create a character in my head, that’s why I love theatres, to immerse myself and put myself in someone’s shoes.”
Addressing why he got so emotional, the singer said: “The reason I think I choked up so much when I was asked that question by Simon [Cowell] is that this is the first time in my life that I felt, ‘Right, no characters, no messing about. Go on there and be your true authentic self.’
“It’s the first time I’ve been the full me when performing – it was so nerve-wracking, but it was amazing.”
Travis’ mum Deborah chipped in: “I was a wreck. I had no idea the effect it was going to have on me.
“As a mum, you get really excited for your children, you get emotional for your children, but neither of us had any idea the volume of people.”
Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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