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'X Factor' Star Astro Reveals: I Was Homeless Like Eminem!

Thu, November 10, 2011 4:01pm EDT by 13 Comments

Fifteen-year-old ‘X Factor’ contestant Brian “Astro” Bradley EXCLUSIVELY reveals why he chose to perform an Eminem song this week and which performers he’d like to collaborate with!

Astro, one of the youngest competitors this season on X Factor, chose Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself” for the show because he could really relate to him in that song.  “He was homeless, at one point I was homeless,” he tells

And he definitely made the right choice this week! “It was just a great record for me to perform, the crowd gave me an amazing reaction and the judges gave me some great comments. So as long as they are happy, I am happy!”

It’s no secret that Jaden Smith and Willow Smith have supported the rising star throughout the competition. With Willow set to perform on tonight’s show, Astro reveals that he “would love to work with Willow and Jaden.”

“It means a lot to me that [Willow and Jaden] reached out to me. They are young and rising on top of things, they are my motivation,” Astro adds.

-Reporting by Russ Weakland, written by Raisa Sendrovich