Frankie Cocozza: X Factor’s Christopher Maloney is probably being set up

Frankie Cocozza has claimed that the stories surrounding X Factor contestant Christopher Maloney's diva attitude are probably not true.

Christopher has been plagued by claims that he is a diva backstage. [Copyright Wenn]

In an interview with OK! magazine, the former X Factor contestant claimed that the show probably leaked the stories to the press in order to improve ratings.

He said: "The ratings are tanking now. I saw the stuff about Christopher Maloney being a diva, who knows if that's true?"

Frankie also admitted that during his time on last year's show the contestants were all left dumbfounded when Tulisa and Louis Walsh branded Misha B a bully, live on air.

He told the magazine: "Louis and Tulisa accused her on-air of being a bully. It was f****** ridiculous. I liked her. Everybody on the show liked Misha B. I don't think she was a bully to anybody.

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"When Louis and Tulisa said that stuff, everybody looked at each other to say: 'Where the hell did that come from?' Misha was proper devastated.

"She was only 19. Mud like that sticks. I don't think they should have done it. But they need the headlines, don't they?"

Talking about his drug scandal which led to his removal from the show, Frankie claimed that producers encouraged his party lifestyle.

Frankie has blasted the show for not taking care of him last year. [Copyright Wenn]

He said: "I was getting VIP passes to all the top clubs. I never stopped to wonder why they let me do that, but then it became clear - I think I was being put across as the bad boy on the show.

"I would tell them where I was going and wherever I arrived there would be 50 paps waiting for me. It was like they had been tipped off."

However, after being kicked off the X Factor, Frankie felt let down by the show when producers failed to help him cope with the onslaught of press attention surrounding him.

"I was out on my a***. I feel like they threw me to the wolves. I was hiding in my bedroom at home, with our house surrounded by paparazzi.

"I feel like they didn't give me any support, they just cut me off completely. There was no aftercare at all. I said: 'You knew that I trusted you.'

Read the full interview in this week's OK! magazine, out now.