The mother of Lucy Spraggan, the lesbian X Factor contender, has revealed that the singer wore boxers and asked to be called “Max” when she was at primary school.

The 21-year-old musician also insisted that her friends use her chosen name before she cut her hair short and started wearing some of her brother’s clothes.

Anstey Spraggan told the People newspaper that her daughter’s boyish looks were so convincing that some of her class mates did not believe she was actually a girl.

Anstey said Lucy’s decision to come out as gay at the age of 14 was also not a surprise:

“We were walking up the drive to our house when she began to chant, ‘I’m gay, I’m gay, I’m gay!’”

Lucy’s mum continued: “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 hadn’t felt the need to shout ‘I’m straight, I’m straight, I’m straight!” and then I went indoors to make the dinner”.

In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last month, Lucy said this year’s changes to the X Factor of allowing contestants to enter who have also written their own music is the main driving force behind her decision to apply.

She impressed the judges last weekend when she performed her song, Mountains, as part of the start of the X Factor’s live shows.