'My Lucy wanted to be a boy': Mother of X Factor's Lucy Spraggan reveals
the singer wore boxers and asked to be called 'Max'
13:58 GMT, 7 October 2012
She's been blowing everybody away with her musical talent and quirky personality since she first appeared on the X Factor.
Now her mother has revealed that Lucy Spraggan has always been a unique person.
Anstey Spraggan has spoken out about the 21-year-old singer-songwriter as a child, saying she even fooled her peers at school into thinking she was a boy by cutting her hair short, wearing boxers and getting everybody to call her 'Max.'
Call me Max: Lucy Spraggan, who wowed the X Factor judges by performing a self-penned song, used to dress up as a boy when she was a child
Speaking to The People, the mother of the X Factor hopeful revealed the little girl started playing around with her quirky personality after she discovered a school's policy for all pupils to be called by 'their chosen name'.
'Lucy interpreted this, at the age of six, as her right to go to school and be called Max by everyone,' Anstey Spraggan laughed.
Her motehr added she asked to have her hair cut short and wore her brother's shorts to school.
'Mountains': Lucy performed her own song during the first live show of this season's X Factor
Boxers and short hair: The 21-year-old singer has always had a confident and quirky personality, her mother Anstey revealed
The X Factor favourite managed to prove to the other boys in her class she was a boy, after they pulled her trousers down because they were confused about her gender.
Mom reveals the quirky little girl wore her brother's boxer shorts, which convinced the other boys she was one of them.
The 21-year-old has been openly gay for years, and her mother even told the newspaper she send her first ever Valentine's card to a girl, at age 7.
Glad that's over: Lucy looked relieved as she and Carolynne Poole arrived back at her London hotel following the performance on X Factor
Lucy came out to her mother when she was 14, but it didn't come as a surprise to the open-minded family.
'We were walking up the drive to our house when she began to chant, “I'm gay, I'm gay, I'm gay!”'
'I'd had a long day at work and my reaction was to chant back “I don't care, I don't care, I don't care!”, followed by a brief explanation that my other two children hasn't felt the need to shout “I'm straight, I'm straight, I'm straight!” and then I went indoors to make the dinner,' Lucy's mum said.
National treasure: Lucy has been a favourite in the competition since her first audition, which has been viewed more than 14 million on YouTube
The quirky singer performed a self-penned song on the first live show last night called Mountaints, which wowed the judges.
Lucy's mentor Tulisa Contostavlos told her: 'You are one of the most unique artists this competition has ever seen and I want people to see that you wrote that and stood up against covers.'
Even stoical Gary was impressed by the young star's performance.
'You truly are a unique artist in three ways – you’re a great singer, a great musician and most importantly a great songwriter.'
Singer-songwriter: The talented 21-year-old has been leaving her mark on the competition by only singing her own written songs
Lucy told Dermot O'Leary after the performance why she has always insisted on singing her own songs: 'I wanted to put my message across, other people have done it through covers, I wanted to do it through my own music.'
The talented young woman is one of the favourites of this year's X Factor finalists, not just among the judges but also the audience.
Her first audition with her own song Last Night has been viewed on YouTube by over 14 million people.