BEN Foden wants ex Una Healy to support his new band Try Star on X Factor: Celebrity after she taught him how to sing.

The rugby ace says he'll ask Una, 38, to watch if he gets through to the live shows with fellow players Thom Evans and Levi Davis.

What's more, he reckons the former Saturdays singer would consider cheering him on from the audience - meaning she'd come face to face with his new wife Jackie Belanoff.

Ben, 34, told us: "Una was always really supportive of me doing singing and stuff.

"I did singing on All Together Now and League Of Their Own, and Una was always very supportive of me doing that.

"She'd always, like, coach me a little bit. But she doesn't have very much patience with me because I'm not the best singer.

"She'd be like, 'do this' and I'm like 'I don't know what that is,' and she'd be like: 'everyone knows what that is in the singing industry'."

Northampton Saints and England ace Ben bedded Becky Milne, 26,after Una, 36, had their couple's second child.

The Saturdays singer had been left devastated when she confronted her rugby playing husband about his cheating.

However, the ex couple have pulled together for the sake of their kids Aoife Belle, seven, and son Tadgh, four, with Ben adding: "Obviously my kids, I'd love to get them down to the show. I'll ask Una whether she'll come or not, and then we'll see. Obviously my wife will come as well and she'll support me."

Meanwhile, Ben will already have another siren singer supporting him in the crowd.

Judge Nicole Scherzinger drooled over the hunk and was up dancing when watching him perform with Thom and Levi in Simon's back garden in Malibu.

Viewers will be able to witness the incredible performance on Saturday night as the ramped-up TV series kicks off.

The Chases's Jenny Ryan, Glee's Kevin McHale, Cole & Edwards and Love Islanders are also among the first acts to audition.

The following weekend fans will see Megan McKenna, Riki Lake, Olivia Oson, Jonny Labey and influence girl group V5 audition, before the six acts are put through.

Speaking about facing criticism on the show, Ben said: "Me? Negative criticism? (laughing). I'm used to it."

And Thom added: "We've got pretty thick skin. The good thing about playing rugby is that you take a lot of criticism and we take it productively."

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