Chloe-Jasmine Whichello has admitted to kissing her fellow X Factor former contestant Stevi Ritchie. The blonde bombshell, who at the time was still in a relationship with boyfriend Craig Wiffen, revealed that the indiscretion happened shortly before her elimination from the show last month.
"It was very innocent," said Chloe-Jasmine, 24. "But to me, love should be unconditional. I made a mistake. You should be able to make a mistake and be forgiven."
"I'm not ashamed of what I did," she added to the MailOnline. "Because I believe it was part of God's divine plan. It probably didn't help that I didn't tell Craig straight away, but I didn't really have a chance to."
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Chloe-Jasmine Whichello admitted she kissed Stevi Ritchie while they were on The X Factor
The Sussex-born singer has since broken up with Craig, who she said was "clearly not the right person" for her. The pair had been together for a few months, and Chloe-Jasmine insisted that what happened with Stevi wasn't the only reason for the split.
"It's always upsetting to break up with someone but I'm okay now," she said. "I had only known Craig for a few months, it's not like we had been together for years."
Stevi, 34, became the latest contestant to be booted off The X Factor on Sunday night, when he lost the sing-off to Italian hopeful Andrea Faustini.
Chloe-Jasmine Whichello said that her ex-boyfriend was clearly 'not the right person' for her
"The whole experience for me has been an absolute dream," he told show host Dermot O'Leary. "I never thought I would have got this far, ever."
The Essex lad went on to thank his "best friend" and mentor Simon Cowell, who stood next to him during the live results to watch Stevi's highlights from the competition.
"Everyone I just want to say thank you so much for your votes and support I will just say never give up on your dream xx," Stevi later wrote to his 88,000 Twitter followers.
Stevi Ritchie was voted off The X Factor on Sunday night
Chloe-Jasmine also took to the micro-blogging site to praise the bottom two acts, tweeting: "Millions of hearts just broke. @AndreaFaustini1 @THESTEVIRITCHIE are exquisite human beings, so genuine, kind and talented xx."
She and Stevi were first rumoured to be romantically involved when the entertainer was overheard talking about their romance and it was later published in newspapers.
Fellow contestant Jake Quickenden, who is now on I'm A Celebrity..., also seemed to hint that something was going on when he said the pair "get on really well" and were "quite sweet to watch".