X Factor: Mary Byrne would consider gastric band operation

X Factor finalist Mary Byrne would reportedly consider having a gastric band fitted, to help her lose weight.

The 50 year old mum of one has struggled with her size for decades and now suffers from painful arthritis in her knees, due to being overweight.

In an interview with new! magazine, Mary’s daughter Deborah admitted that her mum would consider a surgical fix to help her shed some pounds.

She said:

‘If the offer was there she could but I think she wants to do it naturally.

‘If it came down to the crunch, and she had to, she probably would,’ she told New! Magazine.

‘She gets down about her weight. She does want to lose weight, obviously for health reasons. But she doesn’t complain about it.’

‘She only complains because of the effect it has on the arthritis in her legs. That’s what gets to her. But, even when she’s in pain, she still gives it 100 per cent.’

Mary was forced to change her song a few weeks ago, when a lively dance routine caused her knees to flare up and she was left in tears.

Speaking to the magazine herself, the former checkout operator revealed that she is on anti-depressants because of the menopause but is still determined to drop a few dress sizes. She said:

‘The arthritis gets really sore at times. During rehearsals on the first week I had to stop and sit down through them.’

‘After my partner walked out on me to bring up my baby alone I sunk into a dark depression.

‘I coped with it by comfort eating and it was a vicious circle. The weight went on dramatically and I ended up hating myself.

‘I couldn’t stand what I saw when I looked in the mirror. It was very tough and my confidence was at an all time low.

‘I was in a rut that I couldn’t escape. You can’t help but feel unwanted when your partner walks out on you. He didn’t want to know about my daughter Debbie and that hurt deeply.

‘I put on weight when I was pregnant with the baby then got back down to nine stone. But then it started piling on again as I adjusted to life as a single mum. It was lonely at times.

‘But I’m on a mission to get fitter and be in good shape by the end of the show. It’s the perfect motivation for me to get healthy.

‘I’ve started to eat better food and try to maintain a healthy diet. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m on anti-depressants too to help me cope with the change of life.

‘I’m not looking for sympathy though – I want people to vote for me on the X Factor based on my performances, not the sympathy vote.’

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!