Ruth Brown, who, along with Jaz Ellington is tipped to be the winner of The Voice UK, has revealed that not only has she been “hurt” by some of the comments made by online haters, she’s also been frightened by threats against her.
So much so that along with BBC executives, she decided to call in police to investigate threatening messages posted by internet trolls.
Speaking to The People newspaper, Ruth said, “There are so many warped people out there who want to cause upset.
“Not only have I endured jibes of a racial nature but sick comments about my weight.
“Things have been said about my dad too. At first I was so upset and I cried my heart out…
“But I want to speak out because I hope it will encourage other people to fight back against the bullies…
“Luckily my family and the BBC gave me a lot of support and love this week, so it doesn’t really faze me anymore.
“I try to out it out of my mind. I have managed to pick myself up and dust myself off.
“I do think it’s wrong that people can bully others while hiding behind their computer screens. I’m glad the police are now involved.”
And a BBC source told the paper, “The racist remarks online were picked up very quickly by our online team, who contacted police straight away.
“Ruth was understandably very upset about it and there were tears earlier in the week because messages of that nature are not easy to read.
“But we have a person who is responsible for artists’ care.
“She sat down with Ruth to reassure her and make sure that she was OK.”
This kind of story really makes me wonder how empty some people’s lives must be that they can find the time and/or the energy to be so vicious. #saddos