X Factor and Eden Road star David Heath is a first-time father as he and partner Samuel Paul welcome son via surrogate



X Factor star David Heath and partner Samuel Ball became fathers for the first time after welcoming a son via surrogacy on Sunday.

The singer shot to fame in 2006 after reaching the live final of the ITV competition as part of boyband Eaton Road.

The couple, who take to Instagram to document their journey into parenthood with joint page Scouse Dads, shared a sweet clip in the newborn’s crib.

The black and white video revealed the little one’s name along with a personalized dummy that read 'Jude’.

Father captioned the post: 'Jude Arblaster Heath’.

Big news: X Factor star David Heath (R) became a first-time father after he and partner Samuel Ball (L) welcomed their son via surrogate on Sunday.
Claim to fame: David (left) as part of boyband Eaton Road in 2006 (l-r) aspiring Heath, Daniel Morris, Anthony Hannah and James Edwards make it to the live final of the ITV competition.

’Our miracle entered the world on 23.07.23 weighing 7.6Ibs, you are everything and more we could have dreamed of.’

Fans and famous friends shared their congratulations with former Hollyoaks star and new mum Jasmine Franks writing: 'I’ve been waiting for this post!! Congratulations to you all!’.

Meanwhile 2011 X Factor contestant Marcus Collins posted: 'Congratulations guys’.

The couple announced they were becoming parents again in January, sharing a video and writing: 'Can’t wait for your dads to finally meet you.’

They then enjoyed a lavish baby reveal party in March, where they discovered the new arrival was a boy.

Eden Road stars David Anthony Hannah, Danny Morris and Jay Edwards.

They were mentored by Louise Walsh and lost to Ben Mills in week 7’s live sing-off before Leona Lewis’ eventual win.

It comes after Lucy Spraggan said she felt like a 'corporate problem’ after she was sexually assaulted on The X Factor.

Welcome to the world! The couple, who take to Instagram to document their journey into parenthood with joint page Scouse Dads, shared a sweet clip in the newborn’s crib.
Sweet: The black-and-white video also revealed the children’s name, along with a personalized dummy that read 'Jude’.
New Addition: Father’s Post Title: 'Jude Arblaster Heath’
Congratulations: Celebrity friends congratulated the couple

The singer was just 20 when she was scouted for the ITV series in 2012. With her audition watched by millions on TV and online, she became an overnight sensation.

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But the singer-songwriter abruptly left the show three weeks after he was allegedly sexually assaulted by porter Sophie John – who later pleaded guilty to assault and was jailed.

By the time Lucy left the show, she was reportedly unwell.

In a new interview on Elizabeth Day’s podcast How to failThe backlash she received from Fremantle and ITV, the show’s production company, 'shrunk any ounce of self-worth I had left,’ says Lucy.

Lucy, 31, is speaking out after chronicling her experience on the show in her new memoir, Process: Finding My Way Through.

In the book, she describes how she was sexually assaulted after fellow contestant Rylan Clarke’s 25th birthday party, where staff and singers were given 'free wine’ – and Lucy eventually fainted.

After being helped back to the hotel where she was staying, after being transferred from another London hotel with 24-hour security, Lucy was raped by a porter.

In her new interview with Elizabeth Day, Lucy describes the response from The X Factor’s production team in the days following the attack.

’I was a corporate problem,’ he says. 'As competitors, we are corporate products from the start. In my opinion we were not treated well, we were very tired, we were drunk, we were stupid. We were restricted. We don’t see our families.’

Tearfully, she added, 'What upsets me is how I was cheated. I feel sorry for myself. „Don’t worry we’re taking you somewhere, you don’t have to worry about anything,” I could have marched.

Speaking out: Lucy Spraggan says she felt like a 'corporate problem’ after being raped on The X Factor.

Assault: Lucy was sexually assaulted after fellow contestant Rylan Clark’s 25th birthday party during the show. Rylan and Lucy left the filming studio in 2012 while on The X Factor.

’There was a huge failure to take care of not just my physical self, but my mental self, and I’m still imagining it.’

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’After the live final of X Factor 2012, I was never contacted again by ITV, Fremantle or Psycho. I have not been offered regular mental health care, nor have I been offered a job. I was not given a secondary platform to launch my little rowboat and restart my life and my career. More important than that is my life, because it ruined it.

„Who failed?” If that is the question. It is clear to me that the people who took care of me at that time missed me.

’I’ve been in prison for a decade,’ she explains how she feels. Every time someone asks „The girl who left X Factor?” My name, my face became synonymous with The X Factor, and the words became synonymous with my sexual assault.

’I was so traumatically taken away from the biggest moment of my life. I don’t regret the lost opportunities.’

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