X Factor's Stacy Francis"I have to defend what I know. And I know how serious domestic violence is, and I'm not with that. To be potentially accused of that is gross."
An exclusive here at the Voice this morning. We have the first interview with Michael Sandlofer, the first husband of X Factor contestant Stacy Francis, 42, who has gained a large following in part by selling a story that she suffered domestic violence from a man while she was in her late 20s to early 30s. On Thursday, she made it plain to The Hollywood Reporter that she was talking about Sandlofer, her first husband.
Sandlofer tells the Voice that not only has Francis lied about domestic violence in her relationship with him, but he says that Perez Hilton is correct in his complaints that Francis has been untruthful about her extensive professional singing career before she came to X Factor. We had a conversation yesterday with Sandlofer, a music producer, who told the Voice about his marriage to Francis, why it was annulled, and why she then turned to Scientology, an organization she has been heavily involved with ever since.
Francis entered public consciousness when her supposedly heartbreaking story was used to promote Simon Cowell's new talent show, X Factor. She was featured prominently in a sevenminute "super trailer" which the show uploaded to the www.bchristianlouboutinoutlet.com web on September 21:
The trailer helped build interest in the show, which has been a huge gamble for Cowell. It's not hard to see why he would choose Francis's wrenching story to help amp up anticipation for his new program. Early in the trailer, she grows emotional as she explains why she hasn't already had a professional singing career:
"In my late 20s into my early 30s, I met someone, and things just went really wrong. He kept telling me I was too old, or that I wasn't talented enough, and I started believing it. I started believing him. www.cheapestchristianlouboutinoutlet.com And he would push me around, sometimes, and I just just lost faith in myself."
She then goes on to belt out a version of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," after implying that for some 12 years she had been discouraged from singing except in the shower of her 1bedroom home.
The trailer has been seen nearly 3 million times. It has more than 6,000 comments, and the "top comment" reads.
"i hope www.cheaperchristianlouboutinreplica.com that bastard she was with is watching this and is hearing the crowd roar!!"
After the trailer aired, Francis quickly became a star of the now successful show, but almost immediately there were questions about her version of events.
Perez Hilton has been particularly ruthless, pointing out that Francis was hardly only singing cheap ugg boots in the shower the past 12 years. In fact, she was a regular Broadway performer, had put out a solo album, and has sung backup for Madonna, Chaka Khan, and even shared billing with Adam Lambert.
Francis was also featured in a notorious video that was shot on the "Freewinds," Scientology's cruise ship that is normally used for training the highestlevel church members in their final step of spiritual training, known as "OT VIII." In 2004, Scientology leader David Miscavige used the ship to throw a lavish 40th birthday party for his good friend, Tom Cruise, and in this video you can see Francis serenading the actor, as he and Miscavige (the small man to his left) react enthusiastically:
Perhaps most damning, however, is that Francis apparently tried to hide her extensive professional background in order to make the story she told X Factor appear more credible. Her hamfisted attempt to hide that material, however, failed badly, as the sites she apparently tried to delete were preserved on archival Internet pages.
As questions about Francis multiplied, she remained vague about which of her previous relationships was the abusive one. She has been married multiple times, and she has not named the person who she says "pushed me around."
Then, on Thursday, she took away any doubt.
In a story at The Hollywood Reporter, Francis complained that Hilton was telling "lies".
"And I also found out that my exhusband was tweeting him," she continues. "And he's the one that gave him a couple pictures of me and the fake CD that he put up that pretended I had a CD out I never did; it was a demo. He's getting all this stuff from my exhusband and that was my abuser so it's very disappointing."
Francis was clearly referencing Michael Sandlofer, her first husband, who did tweet last week that he was willing to talk to Hilton. But Hilton never responded, and the www.cheaperchristianlouboutinshoesreplica.com gossip columnist certainly never got any materials from him of any kind, Sandlofer tells the Voice.
Sandlofer"I'm not working with Perez Hilton," Sandlofer told me yesterday by telephone, as we began a conversation that lasted nearly two hours.
Sandlofer, 41, is a music producer who works out of Manhattan and who goes by several handles in the hiphop industry. Most know him as "Lofey," he says. His Twitter handle, meanwhile, is "Stupidwhitejerk," which he explains is the nickname he picked up years ago working as one of the few white producers in hip hop. cheaperlouboutinreplica.com
In late 1996 or 1997, he says, he stopped in Washington DC on the way home from a trip to Florida in order to see a friend perform as a dancer in a stage production of Footloose.
"That's when I met her. That was the beginning of our relationship," Sandlofer says, and explains that what really attracted him to Francis was her voice. "I thought she was a wonderful Broadwaystyle singer."
By the time he met her, Sandlofer says, Francis was already well into her stage careeer. "She had done several stage shows. She had sung backup to Chaka Kahn. She was a seasoned Broadway veteran," he says.
In total, the couple was together about four years, marrying in 2000 and than having it annulled later that year, he says.
One of the things he noticed about her, he remembers, is her interest in spiritual ideas.
"She had boxes of selfhelp books, positive affirmation and all this other stuff. She seemed sort of confused, but whatever floats your boat. I'm a spiritual person, but I wouldn't call myself religious," he says. "I'm a musician. I'm very driven by the passion. I went to business school, and I followed through. I was more of a family person. She saw what I came from, a strong family background, and she was attracted to it."
Sandlofer believes that Francis was drawn to his family because her own was so fragmented. "The true story is that she wasn't raised by her mother, but by another woman who was in her 80s. To this day her biological mother won't tell her who her biological father is. She could have cheaperlouboutinshoesreplica.com told that story, but I guess she leaned a different way."
Also, amichaelkorsoutlet.com he says, she was clear about her agenda. "Stacy, number one, is very adamant about being famous," he says. Although she had already had some success as a Broadway performer, Francis told Sandlofer that it wasn't enough, he remembers.
"I don't want to be famous all my life on just one block," is something she said repeatedly, Sandlofer recalls, meaning that she needed to expand beyond Broadway singing.