X Factor's rarely seen child star Luke Friend is unrecognisable eight years after show appearance

X FACTOR star Luke Friend has had a dramatic image transformation from his days on the ITV show.

The singer-songwriter, 25, swapped his dreadlocks for a blond buzz-cut before growing it out into the dark mullet he's currently sporting.

Adding to his hipster look is a nose ring, moustache and array of traditional tattoos.

The style-conscious star's wardrobe includes braces, high-waisted trousers and funky shoes.

Luke has a large following of 161,000 people on Instagram, keeping them posted on his music career.

Last month he was part of a star-studded War Child bill celebrating what would have been the 81st birthday of Beatle John Lennon.

The Dear John concert featured contributions from singer Jack Savoretti, podcast host Fearne Cotton and author Irvine Welsh.

And this year he released a seven-track album Watchtower as part of alt-rock band Yellowbelly.

Luke appeared on the 2013 series of X Factor finishing third and dueting with Ellie Goulding in the final.

He's worked as a musician ever since, signing record deals with RCA and BMG.

He also toured the country in 2019 as St Jimmy in the musical version of Green Day's American Idiot album.

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