Dalton Harris’ mum has revealed her distress over the allegations of abuse her X Factor winner son claimed blighted his childhood.
The talented singer previously told The Mirror how he was raised in poverty and left with scars all over his body.
Responding to the allegations in an interview with the Jamaican Star , Dalton’s mum Sylvia Campbell burst into hysterical sobs as she claimed her son had been telling ‘half-truths’.
“I made sure all of them attended school straight through. Nobody can look at my children and say, ‘Jesus, dem look awful’. I tried my best. I am sorry that I hurt him that much (emotionally), but me just don’t understand this,” she told Loop Jamaica.
“Yes, (as a child) I beat him when he was rude, but it was more scolding than anything else. I scold him out outta love because growing up, he was very troublesome,” claimed Sylvia.
“When he went on the X Factor and said that my eldest daughter was like a mother to him, it made me look like a careless mother. It mek people ask: ‘What kinda careless mother she is for Dalton’s oldest sister to have to be there for him like a mother?”
She did however admit to the Weekend Star to beating her son with a pair of slippers and claimed she was a stressed out single mother with no help and her electricity was disconnected.
24-year-old Dalton previously told The Mirror that he had suffered terrible abuse a child.
He said: “There are [scars] on my chest, arm, shoulder, back, thighs, legs and feet. I was punched so hard by a guy dating my mum, I crashed through a window.
“I was told that I should walk into the road and kill myself,” he added.
Responding to the allegations, Sylvia said that she had told her son to go and stand in front of a truck after he’d ‘been giving her trouble all day’.
“People’s parents tell them worse than that and they move past it,” she said.
Since Dalton went public with the allegations, Sylvia people said people have come up to her in the street in her native Jamaica to call her a ‘miserable woman’ and a ‘bitch.’
She also said she was left struggling to eat or sleep during her son’s time in the competition.
But despite the backlash, Sylvia said she still loves her son very much.
“My son was my everything and still is. The way me hurt last week, me nuh watch the competition,” she said.
Speaking ahead of his win at the weekend, Dalton said singing was his escape from his traumatic past.
“When I sing I feel safe and free from everything I left behind. I’m in a room of happiness,” he said.
Though Dalton’s time on The X Factor is not his first stab at reality TV stardom.
He was previously crowned champion of televised singing competition Digicel Rising Stars, which airs in Jamica.
On the back of the show he was signed to Penthouse Records and travelled to the States and Mexico to pursue his music career.
In 2014 Dalton bagged a number One single in the Jamaica dancehall charts with single Pauper.
But despite his initial flurry of chart success, Dalton’s suffered a decline in popularity, leading him over to the UK’s biggest music contest which he claimed the top prize of after winning 40% of the vote on the night of the live grand final.