Gibraltar - Sam Bailey tells Minister she wants to Live in Gibraltar - The town walk images
Gibraltar - 30th April 2015 - Sam Bailey, X Factor winner today held a press conference at the Sunborn floating hotel prior to her performance at the May Day celebrations tomorrow. During the press conference she told Minister Steven Linares that she wished to live in Gibraltar.
Sam Bailey had been approached in December to sing in Gibraltar and explained that she had not hesitated in accepting; "it didn't matter if I had played in a small yacht I just wanted to come to Gibraltar." Having visited Gibraltar in the past on numerous times, she explained that she had loved the place and wanted to see how it had changed.
Speaking about Simon Cowell and her music career she admitted that she was "glad" to have been "dropped" by Simon Cowell, claiming that she believed that had she stayed with him she would not have been free to do her own music.
"I have been set free," she said, adding that she didn't think that at 37 years of age Simon Cowell wanted her as she was unlikely to be like other younger stars. Sam explained she wanted to write and sing her own songs, "it's nice to be out of it so soon," she explained as she referred to Simon Cowells contract with her. "I wanted to do what I want to do. He would have kept me doing cover versions which I didn't want to do."
In what was a very open and informal type of press conference, Sam Bailey recalled how she was presently living at her brother-in-law's home, with her husband and three children in one room, whilst she waited for her home to be refurbished. "I didn't want to move," she said, explaining why she had not moved from her home and bought a new one as everyone expected. "I live with my brother -in-law with a bunk bed. I didn't want to move in case my career went down the pan." Having asked her kids where they wanted to live they decided to stay at their home, wanting to be normal and carrying on doing the school chase.
Asked what was her biggest challenge, the down to earth Sam Bailey recalled that she had been a prison warden and was therefore "hard-skinned", however, not being with her children was a challenge she did not relish. "The biggest challenge is being away from my kids, I am hard faced having been a prison officer I can take anything, but being away from my kids is the toughest thing."
After the press conference Sam Bailey went to Casemates Square where she performed in a short sound check before deciding to have a walk through Main Street. She stopped at an electronic retailer, Carlos Alwani, where she bought a camera, before she headed to Irish Town, where she went to the popular bar The Clipper.
Sam will be playing live at Casemates Square during the May Day Rally celebrations on the 1st May.