PUBLISHED: 18:05, Fri, Sep 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:05, Fri, Sep 11, 2020
Sam Bailey, who rose to fame on the ITV series of X Factor, spoke candidly about her son's diagnosis as the singer expressed her "guilt". The Skyscraper hitmaker tied the knot with her husband Craig Pearson in 2003 and are parents to their three children, Tommy, Brooke and Miley.
The 43-year-old revealed that earlier this year her son Tommy went to a doctor for various tests.
The X Factor singer explained that he has since been diagnosed with "level two autism" but there is also a possibility he may have dyscalculia.
Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics, according to the British Dyslexia Association.
Autism affects people differently but symptoms can include difficulty to communicate with others, take longer to understand information and people can become anxious in unfamiliar surroundings, according to the NHS.
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X Factor winner Sam Bailey talks son's autism diagnosis amid 'guilt' (Image: GETTY/WENN)
X Factor winner Sam Bailey opened up about her family (Image: GETTY)
Speaking in a new interview, Sam expressed her anguish after she first read the doctor's report.
"I picked up the report from my PO Box and sat in the car reading it," the mum-of-three explained.
"Of course I had a moment where I was upset about it because I thought, 'It's a long road now and he is going to come across struggles in his life'."
Sam continued to OK! magazine that she thought Tommy's behaviour was part of his personality.