A woman has shared her highly relatable reason for not wanting to turn 25 - and you can blame The X-Factor.
In a clip on TikTok, the woman has revealed that hitting the quarter century is a big milestone in more ways than one.
While we all know that we should accept our advancing years with good grace, it’s never nice to be slapped in the face with a reminder that you’re getting older.
For me, it’s the length of the time it takes me to scroll down to my age on drop down lists online and for TikTok user Mia - or @miaxmon - it’s the fact that at 24, she’s realised that on her next birthday she’ll be in the ‘overs’ category on The X-Factor. A harsh reality, eh?
Fans of the show may remember that contestants on the show were split into three categories under 25s, 25 and over, and groups - and Mia says she’s ‘haunted’ by the over 25s category.
In the clip, she explains: “I’m 24 and I feel haunted by the over 25 category on The X-Factor. I remember watching that show when I was 10, 11-years-old and everyone in the overs category looked haggard. And that’s going to be me in 10 months. It’s fast approaching.”
Captioning her clip, she wrote: “25 IS YOUNG WHY WAS THIS A WHOLE SEPARATE CATEGORY ?? it’s all simon cowell’s fault [sic]”. I’m with Mia here, surely the age should have been much higher. An over 50s category? That seems better, right?
The funny clip has been viewed almost 250,000 times and has attracted plenty of comments from fellow TikTok users, with one replying: “Literally I thought it was the oldest people alive.’
Another said: “I just turned 31 on Saturday. I think about this way too much.”
Someone else added: “Convinced a whole generation of people that they become borderline geriatric at the age of 25.”
And a fourth joked: “I felt this, then when I turned 30 I was haunted by the club 18-30 limit on holidays.”
However, it’s not all bad as another person pointed out: “Olly Murs was over 25s so that's giving me hope.”
And it seems like Mia - and the rest of us overs - will have the last laugh as The X-Factor hasn’t aired since its spin-off X-Factor: The Band in 2019.
Last year, ITV confirmed there were ‘no plans’ to bring the show back with a spokesperson saying: "There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage."