Former X Factor star Mary Byrne reveals whether she still speaks to Louis Walsh

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Former Tesco worker Mary Byrne took the X Factor by storm at the height of the talent show’s popularity in 2010, making it to the semi-final alongside One Direction and winner Matt Cardle.

Speaking to RSVP Magazine, Mary said she is still in contact with her former mentor from time to time, adding that she will always hold a candle for Louis for getting her through a tough time after the show.

She told us: “I texted Louis there recently to ask him how he’s doing but he hasn’t come back to me yet. Someone said he wasn’t feeling well, I don’t know whether it’s true or not. But I would text him the odd time”.

Mary said Louis helped her a lot while she was in the UK when her singing career was taking off.

“Louis got me through a lot of bad stuff over there when I was feeling low and missing my family, he was good to me I can’t take that away from him”.



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Mary admitted while Louis has a reputation of being “a little bitchy” she knows he has a good heart and is a nice guy underneath his bravado.

“I hope he’s well and I hope he’s happy. I’ll always like Louis, I don’t know why, maybe because he has a good heart, he can be a little bitchy sometimes but underneath it all he’s a nice guy,” she said.

Mary recently opened up about the toll the pandemic took on her physical and mental health as she suffered two breakdowns in the past year.

“I am going to suffer with this depression for a long, long time. But I’m slowly but surely coming out of it,” Mary said.



“There are still going to be days where I get dark, that’s going to be like that for the rest of my life. But people who suffer with depression have to say themselves, ‘Yes, OK, it’s there, it’s part of me, but it doesn’t define who I am’ – and that’s what you’ve got to remember.”

She continued: “I just want people who are sitting in the dark to know that there’s help out there and that they’re not on their own, they’re never on their own. There’s always somebody there that’ll listen.

“Even if they’re at the point that they don’t want the help at the moment, remember that it is there. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

There are multiple freephone numbers to contact if you are struggling with your mental health:

Samaritans: 116 123 Pieta house: 1800 247 247 Aware: 1800 80 48 48 Mental health Ireland: 01 284 1166