Frankie Cocozza axed from The X Factor

Frankie admits he no longer “deserves” his place in the series after his behaviour has become increasingly “out of control” in recent weeks.

In a statement released to BANG Showbiz, Frankie said: “I’d like to apologise to Gary, my fellow contestants and everyone who has voted for me, but, as of today (08.11.11), I will no longer be in The X Factor.

“My life during the show has gone out of control and my behaviour off stage has over-stepped the rules of the competition. I no longer deserve my place in the show, so I am therefore leaving. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

Frankie now plans to take some “time out” before continuing with his music career.

An X Factor spokesperson added: “Frankie is leaving the show today after breaking competition rules. He is going to take some time out before continuing his career as a singer. We wish him all the best for his future.”

X Factor bosses will make a subsequent announcement about Saturday’s (12.11.11) live show tomorrow.