Mary reveals change of life struggle
X FACTOR sensation Mary Byrne (50) has opened up about her struggle with the menopause.
The Ballyfermot star, who has had a tough few weeks since suddenly finding fame on the show, has revealed how she's currently struggling with the condition.
And the brave crooner, who's often filmed looking flushed during performances, has admitted that it's often made worse by the heat from the lights in the London studio as well as the contestants' gruelling work schedules.
"I'm actually going through 'the change' at the moment and I get very bad sweats and the flushes and the mood swings," she said.
"But it's all part of life and I think you shouldn't be afraid to speak about the change of life.
"Women go through it, it's natural and the more women talk about it, the more it gets out there and the more people understand it.
"And when you're standing on stage and you have to have a handkerchief to wipe the sweat off your head, people will say 'Oh God love her, she's having a flush'."
The mum of one, dubbed MaBy by her fans, was seen having a meltdown last weekend after having to change her song at the last minute.
She has also revealed how she finds the show tough going and has felt "really worn out" at times.
As well as enduring being thrust into the limelight, the brave Tesco worker has battled with arthritis, laryngitis and the menopause.
Symptoms of the condition include irritability, hot flushes, tearful moments and trouble sleeping.
Her mentor Louis Walsh is now considering moving her into a hotel as she's having problems getting a good night's sleep in the X Factor house as it's "too noisy".
He also revealed how she was left in tears during last Friday's final rehearsal as she didn't feel the song choice was right for her.
She was due to sing Ain't No Mountain High Enough, but after having a "meltdown" because it didn't suit her voice, she opted to sing her audition song instead.
Mary made it through to the next round of the programme by belting out the Shirley Bassey classic I Who Have Nothing.
And she has defended herself from some criticism that she should have chosen a different genre of song for last weekend's 'guilty pleasures' themed show.
"Well that was one of my guilty pleasures, I love singing it. I'm trying my best at the moment and I've said 'give me something I can get my teeth into' so hopefully they will and I can do it properly'," she told RTE's Derek Mooney.