Former X Factor contestant and controversial rapper Honey G has announced she has been signed by Simon Cowell's record label and will release a single later this month.

She might not have won The X Factor, but former contestant Honey G has confirmed that she has been signed by Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco.

The controversial rapper – who was considered by many to be the novelty act of the series – said she is releasing her first single later this month and suggested an album will follow.

Honey made the announcement in a video message on Twitter, two weeks after she was eliminated from the competition.

Clad in her trademark cap and sunglasses, she said she hoped her fans enjoyed her performance during the X Factor final on Saturday night, and went on: “And yes it is true, I am now signed to Simon Cowell’s label, Syco.

“I’m going to be releasing my first single on the 23rd December and I’m shooting the video this week, so I’m so excited.

“I’m just so happy, I can’t explain how happy I am.”

The rapper – real name Anna Georgette Gilford – continued: “I hope that everyone goes out, buys the single, supports it. We tear it up and we kill it, smash it.

“Bring on the album.”

Waiter Matt Terry was crowned winner of The X Factor after a show-stopping final performance last night.

The X Factor, Matt Terry

23-year-old Matt Terry was crowned X Factor winner last night

The 23-year-old performed Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall and a rendition of Randy Crawford’s 1980 hit One Day I’ll Fly Away.

The final was between Matt and Saara Alto after 5 After Midnight were eliminated during the semi-final on Saturday night.

Host Dermot O’Leary said there had been a total of 6.4 million votes cast and revealed Ed Sheeran has written this year’s winner’s single, When Christmas Comes Around.

Matt appeared on ITV2′s The Xtra Factor alongside his mentor Nicole Scherzinger for his first interview shortly after his win.

He told the show’s hosts, Rylan Clark-Neal and Matt Edmondson, he could not believe “this is happening to me”.

Ahead of the Sunday finale, Matt tweeted his thanks to his fans writing: “Feeling blessed and grateful for all of you right now. Let’s do this together. Thank you for being here with me every step of the way.”