X FACTOR Sam Bailey, 45, has shared a heartwarming message about her autistic son Tommy.
The star’s 12-year-old son was diagnosed with autism two years ago, and she admitted that he has recently struggled to cope with the crowds of London.
A star sings in a sincere post Sam shared a photo of a husband trying to calm his son during a visit to the capital.
Sam’s son could be seen sitting on the floor as her husband Craig calmed him down after he became startled.
The star wrote to fans: “I posted this picture of my husband trying to calm my son down yesterday on a visit to London! The answer was unreal!
“For those who don’t know, my son Tommy is autistic. We took the kids to London to lay flowers for the Queen and then took him to an episode of Stranger Things while my girls were going to see Matilda the musical.
“The girls left at that point and we walked for quite some time. it was busy! There are people everywhere! I’m always aware of how busy it is when we go to a big city.’
Sam, who won the X Factor in 2013continued to say that her son’s feet start to “sore and ache” when he stands for long periods of time.
She added: “It tells his brain that he needs to sit, that’s when the meltdown will start… if he physically can’t sit!
“It’s something I’ve only just started to learn about my son since he was only diagnosed two years ago.”
Sam said that before she found out, she assumed her son was “lazy” when he was taken to the big city.
She said: “The last two years have been such a learning curve.
“And for the people who say.. “Then don’t take him to the big cities”, I say … one day he will be an adult and I want him to feel more comfortable in a stressful environment and be able to cope better .
“If we wrap him in bubble wrap, he’ll be a recluse. For anyone who has a child with autism and is having a hard time…
“WE UNDERSTAND! You are not alone and the more awareness we create…the better life our special children will have!!!”
Sam’s friends and fans shared praise for her honest post with Christine McGuinnesswho has three children with autism, writes: “You are doing great.”
When he was first diagnosedSam talked about his guilt over how she treated her son.
She told Fabulous: “I feel so incredibly guilty about all the times I’ve denied him things.
“Now I’m like, ‘I was so awful to him,’ and I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to make it up to him.
“He’s very emotional and has low self-esteem. When he’s having a bad day, trying to get him out of that sadness is the hardest part.”