X Factor’s Simone Battle took life ‘over money issues’

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FORMER X Factor USA contestant and G.R.L member Simone Battle was ‘depressed over money issues’ before taking her own life, according to reports.

The 25-year-old singer was found hanged in the closet of her West Hollywood apartment on Friday morning (Sept 5).

Friends and family have told authorities that Battle had been ‘depressed over money issues’, TMZ reported on yesterday (Sept 9).

Battle gained notoriety through performances on the American version of the X Factor and went on to become a member of girl group G.R.L. – a reboot of the Pussycat Dolls.

Her family are believed to have said they didn’t understand her money struggles because she was enjoying success with the girl group, including a collaboration with Pitbull, and had just finished a tour overseas. The group also performed on ABC’s Good Morning America last month.

The family also reportedly told police that Battle had been worried she would never make it big.

Her father Anthony Battle, who found her body, said his daughter had never showed any sign of depression, and said that they texted every day.

The remaining members of G.R.L issued a statement about her death on Saturday (Sept 6) via Twitter.

“Words cannot express the depth of our loss,” they wrote. “Simone’s incredible talent was only surpassed by the size of her heart. We will carry her memory with us in everything we do.”

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