Katie Waissel: 'Someone threatened to shoot me on The X Factor stage'

Published Thursday, Sep 12 2013, 15:32 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
Former X Factor contestant Katie Waissel has opened up about the horrific death threats she received while on the show.

Katie, now 27, appeared on the 2010 series of The X Factor and was bombarded with abuse from cyber bullies on Twitter.

Katie Waissel appears on This Mornings to talk about cyber bullying - 12 September 2013


She has since been busy researching online trolls and their behaviour and is campaigning for a clamp down and a tougher law against those who commit the crime.

Speaking on ITV1's This Morning about the abuse she received, Katie said: "It was really horrific. I'd never experienced anything like that before.

"I had threats of people coming into the X Factor studios when I was live on stage, saying they had a gun and that they were going to kill me.

"Obviously, going up every Saturday night to perform, I was not only scared to be on TV and singing, I was fearful for my life."

When asked by Holly Willoughby why she continued to read the tweets, Katie added: "Because I'm a human being and I couldn't help but want to look at what people were saying."

Katie told Holly and her co-host Phillip Schofield that she has meetings arranged with the House Of Commons in October.

"I really want to make a difference," she added. "It's one thing to say we want to stop the bullies, but it's also supporting the people who are being bullied."

Watch Katie's first X Factor audition below:

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