The Voice Star Ruth 'Targeted By Internet Trolls'
Talent show hopeful 'upset' by barrage of online abuse...
The Voice, has reportedly been targeted by Internet trolls.
The 19-year-old singer faced an onslaught of racist jibes and hurtful comments about her weight after last week's live performance, forcing BBC bosses to call in the police.
Speaking to The People, 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."
A BBC insider told the paper that the police had been contacted "straight away" when racist remarks appeared online and explained that a counsellor was on hand to ensure the South London singer is coping.
Despite the hateful comments, Ruth is determined to stand up to the online abuse, and added: "At first I was upset and I cried my heart out. It is hard to read such hurtful comments.
"But I want to speak out because I hope it will encourage other people to fight back against the bullies."
She added: "I'm doing what I always wanted to do on The Voice and I'm making the most of every second I have on the show.
"Apart from these trolls, everybody on Twitter has been really positive and it makes me really happy to get people's tweets."
Tune into The Voice results show tonight (Sunday 6 May) on BBC One at 19.15pm to see which two acts will be leaving the competition.