MALVERN pop singer Cher Lloyd has given a revealing interview speaking of her early experience in the music industry in which she says she felt like she was "thrown to the wolves".

The singer and rapper, who grew up in Malvern and attended the Chase School and Dyson Perrins CE Academy, became a superstar almost overnight after reaching the final of the X Factor in 2010. She went on to release a string of hit albums and singles, including her debut Swagger Jagger which shot to the top of the UK singles chart back in 2011.

But speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 26-year-old said after the show "the dream turned into a little bit of nightmare," as she faced daily online abuse, including racism and death threats.

"I was a naive 16-year-old, who came from such a small shielded town where bad things didn’t happen," the Want U Back singer said.

"When it came to the world of showbiz and gossip, that’s when it started to crumble.

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"I feel like I was thrown to the wolves and it was so mentally damaging.

"I spent most nights crying in hotel rooms – sure, they were fantastic five-star hotels, but I was so lonely.

"I thought everyone was out to get me, and ruin whatever dream I had.

"People say it’s a fast track to success, but it’s also a terrifying one."

However she credits husband Craig Monk as the one to help her move on, saying "I don’t think I would have made it out if it wasn’t for him."

And in the interview she speaks about how her life has changed, juggling being a mum to one-year-old daughter Delilah-Rae with her latest comeback that has seen the release of new song Lost.

“I feel probably the most content that I’ve ever felt," she added.

The singer also recently shared with social media followers that dad, Darren was now out of hospital.

In an Instagram post, that finished with a red love heart, she wrote: "Thank you all so much for your kind messages regarding my dad.

"He's doing so much better. We're so happy and relived.

"A massive thank you to the doctors and nurses who saved his life.

"Mum's so happy to have dad home."