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X Factor judge, former Pussycat Doll campaigns for Down syndrome

Singer Nicole Scherzinger attends the Red Nose Charity event in New York May 21, 2015.

Singer Nicole Scherzinger attends the Red Nose Charity event in New York May 21, 2015.  (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)

She is the face of X Factor and has her own clothing line, but singer Nicole Scherzinger has taken on a role even closer to her heart— as a campaigner for disabled rights and a Special Olympics global ambassador.

She credits her auntie Keziah, who has Down syndrome, for inspiring her to fight for better opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities.

Nicole says: “People with learning disability have huge resources, capabilities, skill and ability.

“Different maybe— but certainly not less.”

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Here, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, 38, speaks to The Sun about the “most positive influence” in her life— her auntie Keziah, who has Down syndrome.

Keziah inspired Nicole to want to provide better opportunities for other people with intellectual disabilities, which is why she is now a Special Olympics global ambassador.

This weekend she spent a day with disabled fans at a Special Olympics event at Lee Valley Athletics Indoor Arena in North London.

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