The X Factor star Alan Turner, whose biological family claim he made up the story of his tragic upbringing in foster care, denies he’s fabricated anything.

Alan, 23, wowed the judges with his voice and his story of appearing to try and get some recognition from the family that had abandoned him.

But his real father, Alan Turner sr, and uncle, Shaun Stanfield, told the tabloids they had always been in touch with Alan, and had even supported his singing career.

The X Factor producers Talkback Thames have taken the unprecedented step of releasing a statement defending him: “Alan categorically denies that he has made up any story regarding his upbringing and refutes the claims which have been made. Alan has at no point apologised to producers and his position in the show has never been in jeopardy.

“Unfortunately, in telling what is a very complicated story about Alan’s family life, some confusion and doubt has been raised about Alan’s relationship with his biological parents, which is unfortunate.”

Alan advanced to boot camp from Saturday’s episode of The X Factor.