Britain's Got Talent dancing sensation George Sampson is at the centre of a heart-breaking tug-oflove battle between his warring parents.
The 14-year-old's world was torn apart five years ago when his mum Lesley, 39, and dad Brian, 40, separated after a series of bust-ups. According to his mum's side of the family, George has not spoken to his dad for two years.
But The People can reveal the talented breakdancer has paid a secret visit to Brian - in the hope that he will one day get his parents back together.
And last night, after battling it out in the ITV1 show's gripping live final, George begged his mum and dad: "After all I've achieved, please get back together - I love you both."
Brian angrily hit back yesterday at claims that he has done nothing to support his son, who dances on the streets to raise money for dancing lessons.
Speaking from his home in Warrington, Cheshire, window fitter Brian said: "I've been denied access to my kids for no reason whatsoever. That's just how it has been. I don't get a look in.
"I wanted to go down to London to watch George in the final.
"When he was on TV the other night it brought a tear to my eye. I know he'd love it if I was there but Lesley didn't want me to be.
"It's terrible only being able to see your son in the papers or on TV. None of my family has been able to enjoy the children for the past five years."
When George's parents first separated all five of their children stayed with Lesley, who lives in Birchwood, Warrington.
But Brian told how daughters Chelsea, 17, and Emily, 16, fell out with their mum and moved in with him. Now George, 14, lives with Lesley along with older brother Luke, 19, and little sister Rosie, 13.
Brian, now divorced, said: "We split because we weren't getting on together after 15 years of marriage. There was no-one else involved on either side.
"I still contributed financially towards looking after the children.
"I had nothing, no money for myself. I was sleeping on my parent's settee, but I still paid the mortgage."
Brian says he has been comforted by visits from his eldest son Luke and a secret visit from George two months ago.
He said: "Luke has been round. He came with George once too. I don't think his mum knew about it. All of this isn't really fair on George. He's a lovely talented lad. I know he loves his mum, but he loves his dad as well.
"I know George wants to come and see me more often.
He's there in the middle with the other children. But I'll always be there for all of them."
Brian revealed that he was so anxious to avoid a confrontation with Lesley that he even steered clear of George when he spotted him dancing in Warrington town centre.
George has also been dancing in Manchester's streets for two years - where he is so popular that council workers often move him on because he is causing an obstruction.
Yesterday, Lesley's sister Carole Gane, 42, urged George's parents to stop quarrelling and get back on friendly terms for their children's sake. Carole, of Warrington, said: "Neither have other partners and I think deep down they still love each other. We are all hoping the TV show will bring them close again, which would be great for all the kids."
George's sister Emily said: "It's been really sad for us all.
George is such a nice lad and he stopped seeing Dad out of respect for Mum. The divorce was very messy and hard for her.
"Even if Mum and Dad could just be friends again it would mean the world to us all."
It was only the night before last Wednesday's semi-final that George was reunited with his sisters.
‘We hardly ever get together,’ he tells the Daily Mirror. ‘The night before the semi-final was the first time I'd seen my sisters together for years.
‘It felt weird. We always danced together as kids and, suddenly, it all went upside down and I was on my own.’Areunionwould also mean the world to Brian's parents Frank, 74, and Joyce, 67. George's gran Joyce said: "Brian sees George when he can. His elder brother Luke brings him round.
"Brian has always done the right thing for them. He thinks the world of them."
Sampson had previously said that his main motivation for winning the show was to help out his hard-up single mum, Lesley.
"I'd pay my mum's mortgage off for a start," he said earlier this week. "I'm doing this for mum. I love her, we're really close.
"I do worry about money, but I stay strong."
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I have never gotten "involved" with television shows like Idol or anything beyond laughing at the auditions till I moved to England and got hooked on Britains Got Talent, mainly due to this little bloke and Signature, the Bhanga/Michael Jackson act.
So glad he won, he really deserved it.
His winning performance for non-British ONTD'ers: