Former “X Factor” U.K. 2011 finalist Samantha “Sami” Brookes, who is an out lesbian in a committed relationship, has laughed off a tabloid report that she had an affair with Derry Mensah, who is a member of the male quartet The Risk, one of the Top 10 finalist acts that remain on the show.
Brookes, 31, was eliminated from “The X Factor” U.K. in the October 23 episode. Mensah, 20, has made tabloid headlines himself when he disclosed to the media early on the competition that he has a criminal record. (He spent nine months in prison for robbery.) Mensah told the media that he is no longer a criminal.
The Sun reported that Brookes and Mensah had a secret affair while Brookes was still on the show. According to the tabloid:
A show source said: “Talk about odd couples. Even if Sami was straight we’d have never put them together. He was surprised as anyone. She kept saying he was hot and he eventually caved in and went for it — apparently not just the once either.”
In series of Twitter messages, Brookes denied the tabloid report:
“Just read the headlines about me n derry from the risk lol lol how funi I bloody wish sweetart xxxxx love them boys x dear me.”
“I have not confesed anything about my buddy derry cuz its so funi x I’m like there mum xx lol xxxx. Awww there babies x I love da risk..”
Brooke’s Twitter messages to The Risk: “have u guys read the papers whata load of ole rubbish haha, i was like the mommy of the house, xx i’ll see you guys sunday xx”
Brookes’ Twitter message to Mensah: “OMG i no i mean how funi. i wish haha, x they twisted my words cuz i sed i dreamt bout u n ur hot,even my GF thinks so lol x”
Mensah’s Twitter message to Brooke: “Sammi this is CLASS ahahaaaaa I’m actually larfing at this!”
Brooke’s Twitter message to The Risk: “Have you read the papers hahaha well funny, i was the mum of the house xx”
Brookes has been open about being a lesbian. She has also given interviews saying that she and her girlfriend, Sinead Murphy, have been seriously thinking about adopting a child.
After being voted off “The X Factor” U.K., Brookes said in an interview with the Daily Mirror that the remaining “X Factor” U.K. finalists she was rooting for are Johnny Robinson, The Risk and Rhythmix (the female quartet that will soon change its name due to a legal dispute over the name). In a Daily Mirror interview, Brookes trashed “X Factor” U.K. judge Louis Walsh, who was her mentor on the show, because Brookes said that Walsh was a terrible mentor who forced her to sing a Cher song that she didn’t want to do, and because he chose to vote her off of the show.
Mensah, who is single, shamelessly flirted with “X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland during his audition. At the end of his audition, Rowland asked him to give her a kiss, and he happily obliged. Mensah auditioned for the show as a solo singer, but he was rejected during the “boot camp” phase of the competition. He was given a second chance to continue in the competition on the condition that he join a group created by “The X Factor.” That group is The Risk, which is being mentored by “X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos.