X Factor 2010's Cher Lloyd has vowed not to give in to internet bullies who have been sending threatening and racist messages to her via Twitter. The 17-year-old, who finished fourth on last year's show, has been taunted on the social networking website with insults about her background.
The petite singer however has said she won't give in to the "haters", despite some of the harsh and upsetting comments.
"As soon as I get my driving licence I'm going to run you over," one lovely person told her, while another wrote: "You are an awful, stupid brat and I hate your music."
Other messages sent included racist abuse about her gypsy background. One person wrote on the website to Cher: “Ho i swear I just seen half ur fam on channel 4,” while another told her: “Shouldn’t you be preparing for your big fat gypsy wedding? [sic]”
But a source said: "Cher is not going to let her fans down by giving in to these cyber bullies."
And Cher hit back, saying: "You may view me as talentless but you are still taking the time to tweet me. Fight the bullies. Don't let them win! I'm a gypsy. I am what I am, like it or lump it."
The youngster also laughed off attacks on her roots, adding: "keep chuckin those gypsy comments in, i’ll tarmac ya drive and trim ya hedges for ya if ya like? No shame in me :L [sic]"
She added: “sticks and stones ay ! hope you all had an amazing day! cos i did 😀 muwahahahahahaha.”
Cher previously said those that spent time abusing her were insecure with themselves, explaining: "I think it all boils down to their own insecurities - if you're unhappy with yourself, you're going to pick on someone else."
Cher releases her debut single Swagger Jagger next weekend.