Britain’s Got Talent stars Bars and Melody are allegedly being sued by one of the group member’s father because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a legal proceeding.
The young duo stole the hearts of millions when they appeared on the 2014 series of the ITV1 talent competition and under the wing of music mogul Simon Cowell their album reached number four in the charts last year.
Though success comes with its downfalls, in this case the father of 15-year-old group member Leondre Devries is claiming that the artists have been singing one of his own songs without his permission.
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Apparently, Antonio Devries wrote the song ‘Hopeful’ and is not best pleased that the hit-makers are… making it.
He said: “I wrote Hopeful and it is a story of the struggles I’ve faced in my life and that gave the group international fame.
"We have started legal action and their management have comeback at me saying the group wrote Hopeful but it was me.”
Antonio, who is a music promoter himself, has also made the claim that the kids are being “exploited and overworked.”
“I feel the kids are being exploited and are being overworked. I don’t have any issues with Bars and Melody, it is the management, and it has caused problems,” Mr Devries insisted.
Mr Devries explained that Leondre lived with him until Bars and Melody achieved success on BGT, after which the teenager made the decision to move in with his mother.
He said: “When the success came I was pushed out but I’m the one who started Bars and Melody.
"I was the one taking them to London every week so they could busk and get their music out there.”
Further adding to the ever-growing list of “things that he’s not happy with”, Mr Devries revealed that the final straw came for him when the group changed their image to appear “edgier.”
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He reflected: "They were heavily into the anti-bullying thing, and that was expressed in their music, but they’ve moved away from that.
"Their look now doesn’t strike me as the one you’d expect from anti-bullying ambassadors. I think they are being moulded into something else.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for group commented: “Bars and Melody are very happy with their management team and do not feel overworked or exploited.
"They love their work and they are very grateful for the ongoing love and support they receive from their fans.
"Bars and Melody are sorry to hear that legal action is being threatened and they hope it will resolved quickly and amicably.”
It sounds like nothing but treble to us!