Britain's Got Talent's Kyle Tomlinson has opened up about being bullied in school for singing.
In this year's audition show we saw Kyle return to the show and end up with a golden buzzer from David Walliams.
Kyle began by telling the panel how he first auditioned two years ago, but was harshly told to "get a singing teacher" by David. "Me? Doesn't sound like the kind of sensible thing I'd say!" the funnyman laughed.
Having worked hard to hone his craft, Kyle sang 'Hallelujah' for his big comeback - and this time David rewarded the 15-year-old with his Golden Buzzer, sending Kyle straight through to the live shows.
"You sang with passion," he said. "I'm really glad you came back and proved me wrong."
Now speaking to the Daily Star, Kyle has admitted to struggling with bullying at school because of his singing.
He told the Daily Star: “I’m a big lad so I’ve always been bullied in school. People picked on me for singing and said I was rubbish. They took the mick out of me and took advantage."
He added: “I once got smashed across the face with a metal scooter. But, you know, that’s life – sometimes you have to literally take it on chin.”
It's certainly not made Kyle any less determined to succeed in music.
Kyle told The Sun how after his rejection in 2014 he was quick to start singing lessons.
His grandparents funded his ambition with 30 minutes of vocal training each week, spending "a lot of money."
“But they are thrilled for me now," he continued. “They couldn’t be there as my grandad is in hospital with cancer, but he was waiting by the phone to hear, and he was so happy when I told him.
“I am going to dedicate my semi-final song to him, because he’ll be watching, and I 100 per cent want to try to win this for him.”
Britain's Got Talent 2017 continues tonight on ITV with the grand final.