X FACTOR star Jonathan Ansell has told how he was a target for abuse on Twitter after appearing on a television show.
The former G4 singer, who was born in Bognor Regis, was seen at the weekend on ITV1’s Superstar, a talent show searching for someone to take the lead in West End show Jesus Christ Superstar.
He revealed to audition judges he was missing rehearsals for the stage show of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities in London, which he was already signed up to.
The revelation prompted a string of abusive messages on Twitter.
He said: ‘It was like an assault, I felt battered and bruised afterwards. It was shocking how many people targeted me with expletives. I was called all the worst names you can think of. You kind of just go, “wow”. I couldn’t believe some of the things that were being written.
‘Luckily, I’ve got a thick skin but it has stunned me.’
Mr Ansell re-tweeted some of the abusive messages he was sent to his 4,300 followers.
He later tweeted: ‘I am sorry to have upset so many. The reality is that I did all I could to be fully transparent and honest throughout!’
Jonathan found fame by being a tenor in G4, who came second in the first series of The X Factor in 2004. They split up in 2007 and Jonathan opted for a solo career.
He appeared in A Tale of Two Cities at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from April 5 to May 12 to mark Charles Dickens’ 200th anniversary.