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X Factor Celebrity: Vinnie Jones is sent through to the live finals

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X Factor Celebrity: Vinnie Jones is sent through to the live finals without auditioning on the show… after being forced to pull out for ‘personal reasons’ following his wife’s death

Vinnie Jones has been sent thorough to the X Factor: Celebrity live finals despite being absent from the audition stages after he pulled out for ‘personal reasons’.

The actor, 54, was due to appear on the ITV programme however he decided not to take part following the death of his wife Tanya in July earlier this year.

During Saturday’s episode of show ahead of the announcement about who had made it through in the Overs category, Simon revealed Vinnie would still take part.

He's back! Vinnie Jones has been sent thorough to the X Factor: Celebrity despite being absent from the audition stages after he pulled out for 'personal reasons'.

He’s back! Vinnie Jones has been sent thorough to the X Factor: Celebrity despite being absent from the audition stages after he pulled out for ‘personal reasons’.

The music mogul rang the on-screen hard man and asked if he would still be willing to feature in the live episodes of the show and he said ‘yes’.

Simon told him: ‘We’d love you to be on the live shows this year, we’d welcome you and give you all the help you need.’

Vinnie responded by telling him that he would be ‘honoured’ to appear on the show because his wife had encouraged him to compete before she tragically passed.

When asked by Simon how his family were doing, Vinnie said: ‘My daughter is fantastic, she’s been strong, it’s really brought us closer together.

Tragic: The actor, 54, was due to appear on the ITV programme however he decided not to take part following the death of his wife Tanya in July earlier this year

Tragic: The actor, 54, was due to appear on the ITV programme however he decided not to take part following the death of his wife Tanya in July earlier this year

‘We are just getting through it, you just learn to carry the grief really Simon. Well Tan’s pushed me really Simon, we knew it was all going on, and I put it to the family and Tan was very excited about it.’

Earlier in the show host Dermot O’Leary announced that Vinnie wasn’t there due to ‘personal reasons’, and it was unclear whether he would be returning.  

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Vinnie lost Tanya, his wife of 25 years, to cancer in July after a six-year battle with the disease.

Triumphant return: During Saturday's episode of show ahead of the announcement of who had made it through in the Overs category, Simon revealed Vinnie would still take part

Triumphant return: During Saturday’s episode of show ahead of the announcement of who had made it through in the Overs category, Simon revealed Vinnie would still take part

During a recent interview Vinnie likened being told she was dying to ‘being hit by a sledgehammer’ and revealed he slept by her side every night she was in hospital. 

In 2013, he revealed both he and Tanya had melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, and he was later given the all-clear.

Tanya had also been treated twice for cervical cancer and underwent a heart transplant at 21 following the birth of her daughter Kaley.

The couple met 25 years ago while Vinnie played for AFC Wimbledon, where he and a group of players earned notoriety as a members of the ‘Crazy Gang’ at the club.

They married in Watford in 1994 and renewed their vows in 2007. 

The X Factor: Celebrity’ will return next Saturday at 8pm

Supportive: The music mogul rang the on-screen hardman and asked if he would still be willing to feature in the live episodes of the show and he said 'yes'

Supportive: The music mogul rang the on-screen hardman and asked if he would still be willing to feature in the live episodes of the show and he said ‘yes’

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