X Factor: What's the STORY behind Danny Tetley's cleft lip?

X Factor: What's the STORY behind Danny Tetley's cleft lip?

Danny Tetley has endured a tough upbringing due to a medical condition at birth.

Yet even in adult life, when Danny tried our for Pop Idol in 2001, he felt threatened and judged for his physical appearance.

Here’s everything you need to know about his condition and how ITV sitcom Benidorm made him the brunt of a cruel joke in 2016.

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Pictured: Danny Tetley.

Danny Tetley: Cleft Palate

Danny was born with a cleft palate.

The medical condition is caused by a gap or split in the roof of your mouth. An estimated one in 700 U.K babies are born with a cleft palate.

The X Factor singer was the first child to have a full set of false teeth at 18 months and underwent eight operations before the age of 12.

Danny recently made a special appearance on ITV’s Good Morning, meeting and greeting a group of fans who were all born with a cleft lip.

The 38-year-old singer said:

This is what it is all about. This is the reason I wanted to do the X Factor.

Not just to come back and prove I’ve still got it, but to give back to my community and do something good. I’m so proud and so glad to meet you all.

Danny Tetley: Pop Idol

Danny appeared on Pop Idol in 2001, where he even performed in front of Simon Cowell.

However, it was 15 years later where he became the victim of a cruel joke.

Performing as a special guest on ITV sitcom Benidorm, the cheerful Yorkshireman was seen singing during the season 9 finale.

Sherrie Hewson’s character, Joyce Temple-Savage, mocked Danny’s cleft lip by saying: “The voice of a 13-year-old girl and a face like a dropped pie.”

Although Ofcom received 131 complaints, the issue did not go any further.

Nevertheless, Danny always felt that his downfall on Pop Idol was his image, recently adding that “the music industry was much more image led.”





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