Jahmene Douglas has shocked fans by unveiling a totally new look on social media. The 26-year-old, who was a runner-up in the 2012 series of X Factor, looked unrecognisable with platinum blonde hair and blue eyes in snapshots shared on Instagram on Friday, as he opened up about his struggle with racism in the music industry. "If only my brown eyes were blue… would the radio support me like they're supposed to?" he wrote alongside one image. Next to another photo, he commented: "Question: Is it right to have an exclusive 'blue-eyed soul' gene? Especially when it dominates the Top 40 and excludes people like me? Shouldn't it be all inclusive? Shouldn't soul be soul?"
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Jahmene Douglas has undergone a dramatic transformation
Jahmene's dramatic transformation comes just a few weeks after he opened up about the depths of his depression. The singer caused concern amongst his followers when he shared a lengthy post regarding his mental health, titled: 'This is me…' He told fans that he had been having "suicidal thoughts" and was feeling "broken, lost and worthless".
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The singer unveiled new platinum blonde hair on Instagram
A few days later, he admitted he was having a dark day and asked the public to pray for him. Among those who reached out to Jahmene was X Factor winner and friend James Arthur – and this week, the two stars reunited along with their mentor Nicole Scherzinger. The trio posed for a series of photos together, with Jahmene sharing one snapshot showing them kissing Nicole on the cheek. "I saw @jamearthurinsta23 perform the other day with my sister @nicolescherzy and he made us so proud," he captioned the image. "His energy and passion on stage is incredible. Thanks for the much needed uplift you two."