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Anton Stephans' childhood claims questioned

The X Factor's Anton Stephans has been accused of lying about his childhood.

The X Factor's Anton Stephans has been accused of fabricating stories about his upbringing.

The 45-year-old singer is competing in the show as part of Simon Cowell's Overs category and he has won fans around the UK with his cheeky sense of humour - such as explaining to Simon that his face contorts when he sings because not everyone can afford Botox.

He has been open about a difficult childhood, stating he was put into foster care at a young age and experienced other traumatic incidents. He's also said he was adopted, but that has now been called into question with a source telling Britain's The Sun newspaper Anton's father Kenneth is very upset.

"Anton wasn’t adopted, if he was he’d have adopted parents," the insider said. “No one knows why he is saying things like that. It’s all rubbish."

It's claimed the wannabe star actually grew up with his mother Pauline in South London.

Anton has not commented on the claims, with a show source telling the newspaper the star has privately insisted what he said is true.

The hopeful was seen performing Luther Vandross’ Dance With My Father during the first live show on Saturday (31Oct15), with his effort praised by the judges. Rita Ora was particularly enamoured and Anton did enough to go through to the next round.

Bupsi, who was also in his category, didn't impress so much and became the first act to depart as she had the lowest amount of public votes. Alien Uncovered also got the boot, after losing the sing off to Kiera Weathers. The girl band are all dancers and suffered a final indignity when Simon confirmed he was sending them home, but accidentally called them the wrong name.

"The act that I'm sending home is Alien Nation," he said.

The girls didn't comment on the slip, instead thanking their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini for her support: "It's been an amazing experience for us lot. Being here on this stage is absolutely incredible and you haven't seen the last of Alien; we are back - we will come back. Thank you so much Cheryl for getting us and getting our swag."

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