Rylan Clark has hit out at homophobic Twitter users who have been sending him "absolutely disgraceful" messages on the social networking site.
The 24-year-old singer, whose survival in this year's The X Factor has made him a controversial figure, has told those targeting him they "should be locked up".
"Don't think people understand some of the stuff that I get sent day in and day out," he wrote. "Some of you should be locked away for your comments regarding my sexuality, it's absolutely disgraceful.
"Imagine that was your son or brother that was receiving those messages enough is enough. I'm a 24 year old normal boy who has auditioned for Xfactor, never come from money, my mother is seriously ill, and not one have I used that as a sob story or a reason to validate my place on the show, I would rather be judged on the reason why I'm actually on the show to sing and perform."
The outburst was Rylan's second Twitter rant of the day, having earlier torn a strip off Gary Barlow following reports that his harshest critic had called Rylan "absolute sh**e" at a gig earlier in the week.
He wrote: "I'd rather be 'absolute s***' than just stand there and sing the same old stuff every week on the spot....... #boreme @GBarlowOfficial.
"And I entered the x factor.... NOT the voice..... Cheers......"
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