Ashley Gray, who you may know better as Gabz, reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2013
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A Britain’s Got Talent star who wowed the judges 10 years ago has come out as trans and officially changed his name.
Ashley Gray, who you may know better as Gabz from the ITV talent show, reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2013.
The then 13-year-old impressed the jury with his self-written rap track The One, which later reached number six in the UK charts.
Now, a decade later, the singer has shared some “exciting news” with his 110,000 TikTok followers.
Using the pronouns he/him, Ash said, “Well, in case you didn’t know, I’m trans and I’ve been on the gender clinic waiting list for quite a while.
“I waited seven months and then I had my first appointment yesterday, which is really exciting.”
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The 23-year-old continued: “It went really well, I mean I just cried the whole time, but it went really well.
“That means I can change the name on my passport and my gender tag on my passport, which is exciting.”
Ash – whose TikTok name is Ash Gray Songs – announced that he officially changed his name to Ashley a few months ago.
Explaining the journey he’s been on and what’s to come next, Ash said: “I feel like waiting for the stuff is often a money issue.
“It’s so expensive so it’s free to go through the NHS. I have a feeling I’ll be getting updates on when I can start T (treatment) soon.
“I need to see how long it takes for a top surgery because hopefully I don’t have to fundraise for it anymore. Hopefully I can do this through the NHS.
“I’m just really excited and I’m going to update you guys now because I feel like I’m actually making some difference with this.”
At the end of the two-minute video, Ash said, “Love you guys, thanks for all the love and support on my last video. Goodbye!”
Fans showed their support in the comments, which left an overwhelmed but happy Ash “crying on the bathroom floor” with love.
One follower wrote: “Proud to have watched you at bgt years ago doing amazing work can’t wait to see your journey as the new ux.”
Another said: “Well done Ashley be proud for who you are and we love you xx”
A third said: “I’m so proud of you!!!! You can see how much this means to you.”
While a fourth added: “This made my day (which was pretty rough). Congratulations!!!!!x”
A year ago, Ash “re-introduced” on Instagram, writing, “In case you didn’t know I’m non-binary and this journey has been very confusing for me and I’m sure some of you too.
“I have decided that being non-binary will no longer be a burden to me. me or hold me back or keep me hidden.
“I always want to be 100% authentic myself! Hopefully in the future a lot of kids like me won’t have to grow up so confused they don’t wear labels.”
At the time he said people could still give him Gabz, which was his stage name – but he seems to have since changed all his social media profiles to Ash Gray.
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