The X Factor's Honey G continues to receive death threats after latest performance

Published Wednesday, Nov 2 2016, 21:03 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor contestant Honey G is continuing to receive vile death threats on social media after sailing through to the next round of live shows.

The controversial rapper - real name Anna Georgette Gilford - has not once found herself in the bottom three since the ITV programme went live, however, despite her fanbase, some viewers are taking things too far.

Honey G perfoms for the judges on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast on ITV1HD

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

Honey, 35, has received numerous threatening and hurtful messages from trolls after posting pictures of herself online, with some too offensive to publish. Others have told Honey: "Go and jump off a cliff." Another nasty poster even asked: "Why are you still alive?"

The singer has not responded to the messages. Reveal has contacted The X Factor for comment.

Host Dermot O'Leary has, in particular, been very defensive of Honey G. He spoke out after it was recently suggested her rapping could be deemed as "racist".

Honey G performs for the judges on 'The X Factor'. Broadcast on ITV1 HD

© ITV / Supplied by WENN

Taking to the Huffington Post, Dermot said: "That's nonsense. It's just the music that the girl loves, so who are you or I to say what she should or should like? I think it's offensive."

He added: "She's a really hard worker, give her her due, all the music teams say she's one of the hardest working contestants we have, she doesn't stop practicing.

"I don't like the meanness towards her, but for the most part she seems to be pretty well liked."

Honey G, who is from North London, has faced criticism since her very first X Factor audition. She has been branded a "fake" and a "novelty act", along with being accused of playing a prank on the competition.

However, she told WhatsOnTV: "I know some people have been saying they don't think I'm real and that I'm a prank that's been set up by the producers, but those haters need to check themselves because I AM the finished article.

"I might not have the most amazing voice but I'm a heavyweight rapper, singer and producer and I write my own lyrics, so I've got real skills to bring to the table. To be regarded as a joke is really insulting."

The X Factor continues at 8pm, ITV, Saturday 5 November.

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