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X Factor's Gathan Cheema's Twitter nightmare
X Factor contestant Gathan Cheema has spoken of his hell after receiving thousands of vile messages on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Gathan, who made it through to boot camp before being kicked off the talent show on Sunday, said he had been inundated with about 4,500 messages of abuse after he claims he was badly edited on the show.
Disgusting tweets sent on Twitter included messages saying his mother should have aborted him, he should ‘go die’ and another user wishing he could run Gathan over. Many used foul language.
The 22-year-old, of Tolladine Road, Worcester, was shocked when the official X Factor account commented on his “orange afterglow”, forcing him to point out that he was Indian and did not use fake tan.
Even celebrities began writing abuse including former Another Level singer Dane Bowers who posted a comment making fun of his name saying: “I’m sorry... your name is Gathan! You’re going home.”
Gathan said: “I have been losing sleep over it. It’s just gone crazy. I’m all for people having freedom of speech, it’s a wonderful thing, but this is people hiding behind computers.
“I’ve searched myself and there are about 5,000 tweets and only a few are good and about 4,500 are bad. The celebrities have been where I am now so why are they trying to knock me down?”
Despite the deluge of nasty comments, Gathan was hopeful of a successful career following X Factor and is searching for someone who would be able to guide him.
Gathan, who has performed as a Michael Jackson impersonator, compared his plight to that of his idol, saying that Jackson had received bad publicity but had managed to continue to be successful.
“The pop career is everything I am aiming for, all this bad press can be turned into good press but I don’t know how to see through the clouds at the moment,” he said.
And he remains adamant that the bullies would not push him off Twitter and said he was trying to respond articulately to the tirade of abuse.
“X Factor can only mean good things, I have to believe that and these people sending abuse will realise that when they buy my single or dance to it in a club,” he said.
He said he would not be contacting police about the messages at present but would consider doing so if the abuse escalated.
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