This weekend saw the return of Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola at London’s O2 Arena.
Night two of the 10th annual sell-out event saw performances from chart-topping megastar Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Sigala, The Script, Mabel, Louisa Johnson, James Hype, Matt Terry, The Chainsmokers, Stefflon Don, Liam Payne and Big Shaq. Phew.
CelebMix headed backstage at the O2 to catch up with the performers. After chatting to previous X Factor winner Louisa Johnson, we spoke to her successor, 2016’s winner Matt Terry.
Recently Matt addressed the body shaming he experienced after performing on The X Factor last month, uploading a video to Instagram to advocate the importance of loving yourself. We kicked off by asking him about the Instagram post, before moving onto other topics (Montana Brown, we’re looking at you), although he was a bit gutted he had to miss Taylor Swift’s performance to do our interview. Soz.
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Here we go …. ? I wondered when something like this would happen. So I woke up this morning after my incredible night back at the show to body shaming. I wanted to do a little post to let my fans know that honestly I’m fine ?? I love you guys for standing tall and backing me. You are one hell of a fandom. Here’s me, this morning with last nights shirt in my pants… As far as my body, I’ve always been built, always been that stone heavier than my friends and brothers but guess what I’m HAPPY. I think it’s easy to forget that not everyone is as confident as they’d like to be, not everyone is happy with themselves but do me a favour and LOVE yourself. Everybody deserves to be loved and don’t let negative people stand in your way. Alright ?! Sometimes cameras and lighting aren’t your best mates, and everyone is entitled to their opinion but my advice would be choose your words carefully. It doesn’t take much to break a person. Luckily I’m strong and positive and maaaan are there some positives from last night !!! ?? The Thing About Love my new single I wrote with some incredible pals jumped up over 60 places on iTunes last night and we are currently at #19. My debut album trouble is currently at #2 for pre-order!! (MENTAL). I was reunited with all my XF family and judges and I had a smashing time !!! Now..HAPPY SUNDAY and I cannot wait for my roast dinner ??????
On body shaming and being an inspiration to his fans.
Do you know what, I feel like I did that [because] I really wanted everyone to see that it’s not okay. Twitter can be a dark place sometimes and it’s not cool. I really wanted to introduce like online jail, where you register with a passport and if you’re caught you go to prison – but online prison, obviously.
But do you know what, it’s not okay. And I think everyone’s different, you know; I’m definitely not little, but I’m happy with myself. I absolutely have no problems.
So, I wasn’t gonna have it. I had the best time on the show; the album shot up to number 2, the song jumped like 80 places on iTunes, and I weren’t gonna have it. I weren’t gonna let people take me down. I thought, you know what, I’m gonna see it as: they loved the song, they loved the performance, they have to criticize me some other way.
But I can take it, I’m alright. Absolutely, just love yourself… and do you.
On those Montana Brown relationship rumours.
We’re getting to know each other. She’s not here tonight, but we are gonna hang out a bit more. Yeah, we’re just getting to know each other, you know?
On his plans for Christmas.
I’m moving house tomorrow, so I’m hosting this year. I’m not cooking, I’m just gonna Instagram it all and make it look like I did it – but mum and dad are cooking. I’m really excited, I cant wait. I feel like I’m an adult now, so why not host Christmas?
On his best and worst Christmas presents.
The best is probably when I was 16 and I was just like, “please can I have a laptop! I don’t want a curfew on MSN anymore.”
The worst – I’m missing Taylor Swift! – is a toothbrush, and it weren’t even electric.
On his plans for New Year’s Eve.
I’m hoping I’m not working! I think I wanna have something at home because I always go out and, you know, New Year’s Eve is always this ‘big night’ and then you get there and its like… [basically a bit shit].
So I thought I might continue with hosting, ‘cos I’m hosting at Christmas. New Year’s, I’ll have my closest round, a nice meal and count down together.
On his New Year’s Resolutions.
Be more organised. And see my family more.
On his hopes for next year.
I really want more and more people to jump on board and enjoy the album. I’m blown away right now from all the support I’ve been getting. I just hope it can continue, you know. I’m loving it.
And who would he like to kiss under the mistletoe?
Matt took to the stage at the O2 to perform his hits ‘Subeme La Radio’, ‘The Thing About Love’ as well as his huge single ‘Sucker For You’.
Matt Terry performing at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball with Coca-Cola.
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