The Voice UK artist Joelle Moses has spoken out about being "sexually attacked" at the age of 13, and then getting bullied as a result of it.
Speaking after her audition today, Joelle revealed how her music saved her from depression after a brutal attack as a teenager.
“The gang who sexually attacked me were the most popular boys in my school," she explained. “Three girls were there but they left me. They looked shocked and horrified at first but they wouldn’t go to court.
“They wouldn't speak about what happened. They pretended it never happened.
“I had to go to the police station but it was so painful I didn’t want to go through it.”
But that wasn't the end for Joelle, who goes on: “When the police got involved and the boys got kicked out people were angry at me and made me feel like it was my fault. They bullied me and made me an outcast.”
However the singer, who has previously performed alongside Rihanna and Toni Braxton, used music to get over the pain.
“I felt very, very alone and music was the way I expressed myself. It was the only escape I had," Joelle told The Sun. “When I was young I wrote some very dark songs because of everything I was going through at that time. I feel music saved me at that point.
“Music’s everything to me. I sing when I’m happy, I sing when I’m sad. I feel it’s helped me overcome so much."
She added: “I’m a stronger person today. I had to find it in my heart to forgive them and move on.
“I’ve forgiven them — but karma’s a b**ch.”