Cher Lloyd's hard exterior has fallen, for a brief moment at least, as she admits in a recent interview to being made upset by abuse received by "old men" on Twitter. The 18-year-old, who released her debut single on Sunday, said that the messages even made her reconsider her dream of becoming a popstar.
The teenager shot to fame on last year's series of The X Factor before being quickly snapped up by Simon Cowell's Syco record label. Cher's debut single 'Swagger Jagger' is out this week - and on course to top the charts.
But it's come at a price.
"People should give me a break," she says in a recent chat after yet more harsh messages sent to her online.
She continued: "I don't think they understand what they're doing to me. This is what upsets me a lot and makes me think that I don't even want to do this anymore.
"I was delusional, because as a little girl I thought I'd become a pop star and everyone would love me and I'd have the best life ever. I'm not saying I don't have the best life ever - but it's been so tough."
She added: "There are old men out there that are writing on my Twitter, saying abusive things. They've probably got daughters and how would they feel if their daughter was in my position? They wouldn't like an old man talking to her like that would they."
And Cher confirmed reports suggesting she had no friends anymore, saying: "I don't have one single school friend left. Of course, it's partly my fault - but I think people change around you.
"I wanted to be the big famous 'look at me everybody' but now that it's beginning to happen... I don't feel like I have changed but the people around me have."
However the optimistic youngster was confident things would turn out all right eventually: "I don't think people know me as a person yet. It's going to take a little time but I'll be all right. Everything turns out all right in the end."
'Swagger Jagger' is out now.