THE mother of missing X Factor and rugby star Levi Davis has arrived in Spain to search for her son.
Julie Davis has revealed her 24-year-old son has not used his bank card since he was last seen in an Irish pub in Barcelona on October 29.
Their arrival in the Catalan capital comes just as police officers there said they would no longer wait for a missing persons report to be filed and had officially started searching for him.
The ex-bath rugby player was last seen at an Irish pub in Barcelona on October 29 after boarding a ferry from Ibiza with no money, spare clothes or passport.
Close to where he was last seen, Julie said: “When I asked him where he was staying he wouldn’t give me an address, he said he was moving and he was an adult.
“He hasn’t used his bank cards since then and only had 40 euros on him.”
Julie told Spanish daily ABC he was suffering from depression and had disappeared on previous occasions but “no longer than two or three days”.
“He would always come back or we would find him, but it’s been 12 days now and that’s not normal. He must be disoriented or confused.”
Julie is set to be interrogated by the police in hopes of finding clues that could help them track down Levi.
They are understood to have confirmed Levi is not in hospital and was not arrested as part of an “emergency” response to a missing persons report.
Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday morning, Levi’s foster mother, Susanne Balfour, confirmed that he had mentioned a blackmail threat in a video posted to social media.
Host Kay Burley asked Susanne if the blackmail was linked to her foster son’s sexuality – he made history in 2020 when he became the first rugby union player to come out as bisexual while still playing.
Susanne replied: “Maybe he’s just scared, he said in the video that his life is in danger. I don’t know if he’s running from something, I just don’t know.”
“Levi said he had to leave Ibiza when his friend asked why he just said he had to get out… he was actually on a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona… but that was the last he heard from him.”
Susanne said it was “concerning” that he hadn’t contacted family or friends since last month.
Levi’s sister Candeece Balfour, 23, who appeared alongside Susanne, also made an emotional appeal to her brother.
“I just want him to know that everyone loves him and I just want him to come home,” she said, describing him as “an amazing person.”
She said she received a voice memo from Levi on Oct. 26 saying he was a “fighter.”
It is understood he was suffering from an ongoing injury that had hampered his career and may have been struggling financially as well.
Today it became known that Levi’s family is flying to Spain to continue the search for him.
Close friend Richard Squire, whom Levi flew out to visit Ibiza, set up GoFundMe to raise money for family travel expenses.
It has already raised around £800 of its £3,000 goal less than 24 hours after its launch.
“As many of you have seen in the press and on social media, Levi Davis is currently missing, last seen in Barcelona,” Richard said alongside a picture of his friend.
“He has struggled with his mental health for many years and we, his friends and family are very concerned for him.
“Thanks to so many people sharing his picture and poster we have had a few possible sightings and need to find his friends and family locally in Spain so they can walk the streets looking for him and follow any leads.
“Of course it costs money, so I set up this page to ask for your help.
“The money raised will be used to cover travel and accommodation costs and, once located, to get him the professional help he needs.
“All the remaining money will be donated to a charity that can help other worthy people. Many thanks for your help.”
Julie Davis also spoke to Good Morning Britain to provide an update on the search for her son.
Presenter Ed Balls asked Julie for the latest information, to which she replied: “The latest is that he has been spotted in Sitges, on a beach there.
“He was approached by a gentleman who saw Levi, who we believe was Levi, and asked him in Spanish, ‘Are you alright?’
“Unfortunately, if it was Levi, Levi didn’t reply.
“I don’t know if it’s because he doesn’t speak the language very well and has gone his own way.”
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He was last seen leaving the Old Irish Pub on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas on the night of October 29.
In the video, the former Celebrity X Factor and Celebs Go Dating star wears a white t-shirt, black jeans and white sneakers, and carries a small black backpack.
It was also reported that Levi posted on OnlyFans the day before his disappearance.
Former England rugby player Tom Varndell has also urged anyone who has seen Levi recently to get in touch.
He wrote on Twitter: “If anyone has seen or heard from Levi Davis in the last two weeks, could you please message me as soon as possible. Many Thanks.
Levi appeared on ITV’s Celebrity X Factor in 2019 alongside fellow rugby players Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group called Try Star.
He also appeared on Celebs Go Dating on E4 in 2020.
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