Jedward launched a sensational attack on the music industry which they called ‘corrupt and exploitive’ as they opened up about the dark side of the business in a series of tweets.
Twins John and Edward Grimes told their online followers how artists could be ‘blacklisted’ for speaking out against abuse by powerful bosses.
“Disclosure Agreements are very prevalent in the music industry!” they told their followers. “Resulting in no one talking about the abuse/stuff that happens,” explained the duo.
It was one of many claims made the boys in a series of late night tweets.
The pair also suggested that artists are ‘isolated’ from their families to make them ‘dependent on fake industry friends who don’t have their back.’
Describing how stars are being manipulated even by speaking out interviews, the twins claimed: “Interview questions are screened beforehand by management to control the narrative! If artists go off script there’s consequences! Most interview final edits are approved by label before being published.”
An hour after making the accusations, which stirred up a huge debate among their followers, the lads joked they were waiting patiently to hear from lawyers.
“Just here casually waiting for the lawyers to come threatening us! Good luck from the whole fandom. Justice is gonna be served!” said the defiant duo.
“Nobody can’t silence the truth! Nobody can drag me down! [sic],” they added.
Speaking directly about their own experience of launching pop music careers, the musicians said their ‘biggest regret in life was not telling the judges on X Factor to f*** off.”
The boys had a rough time on their season of the ITV talent show after being championed by mentor Louis Walsh but savaged weekly by Simon Cowell, who headed up the judging panel that year.
In a follow-up post, the twins criticised Cowell by saying, in their opinion, he was “nothing but a bad facelift”.
John and Edward added that they were supportive of their fellow X Factor alumni One Direction and Little Mix, whose contracts they were critical of and wrote: “Niall! Liam! Louis! Zayn! Harry! You’re survivors,”
Mirror Online has contacted representatives of ITV and Simon Cowell for comment.