Marcus Collins has revealed that his X Factor mentor Gary Barlow has kept his promise to support him in his music career.
The TV talent show runner-up and the Take That star struck up a close friendship during their time working together.
And even now the cameras have stopped rolling, Marcus is in regular contact with Gary and gets constant advice from him.
"It was pretty odd the first time he came round for tea," he said.
"Gary's a man of his word, though, and when he says he wants to help me with my career, he means it.”
”You only have to look at all the charity work he's done to see that he'll go the extra mile to help people. I can learn a lot from him."
Marcus is now looking forward to performing in front of huge crowds on The X Factor tour before his debut single and album are released in March.
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