Millie Mackintosh appears in the May 2017 series of The X Factor (Picture: ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent contestant Millie Mackintosh has won a £11,000 payout over accusations of sexism.

The 27-year-old has admitted that she used the derogatory term, which she later apologised for, on Simon Cowell’s show.

While she denies her comments about LGBT issues are homophobic, Millie said she was disgusted by that phrase and decided to face her critics.

‘I didn’t expect it to be used over so many years – more than once – and I did not expect to be accused of it in my first contestant appearance on BGT,’ she said.

Millie Mackintosh appeared on BGT (Picture: ITV)

‘Having been a journalist and interviewer myself, it isn’t a phrase I find acceptable in any circumstances whatsoever.

‘It isn’t people’s fault I’m not gay or something. It’s an object lesson in how many times it is used and, sadly, it’s that simple.’

After receiving the news, she joked: ‘I’m so glad to have picked this pill of optimism as the alternative to massive prejudice.’

She thanked former Blue Peter presenter Tim Niceley for the donation.

In the final show this year, she closed by declaring: ‘I’m Millie Mackintosh, don’t look away.’

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