XFactor: Christopher Maloney's nan threatened with kidnapping!

Chris Maloney (X Factor 2012)

Nan of X Factor's Christopher Maloney has reportedly been targeted with kidnapping threats.

Chris nan, 76-year-old Pat O'Brien, became as much as part of the show as Chris did during the competition earlier this year.

But despite Chris doing little wrong other than being perhaps a bit of a dated singer, some online trolls have been gunning for his nan, with one even threatening to take her hostage ahead of last weekend's final.

A pal of the Liverpudlian singer told Now magazine this week: "He's panicking that these nutters could carry out their threats."

And Chris himself said he was looking into "taking action against the people responsible"

Chris finished third on this year's show last Saturday night and this week pleaded with viewers to stop the "online abuse".

He tweeted: "plz stop online abuse,all I done was follow my dream,coming 3rd was an achievement.feel gutted I didn't win an im unwell right now, plz xx "

Despite their differences, the rest of the X Factor acts also stood up for Chris, with Carolynne Poole tweeting her followers: "Please don’t send horrible or abusive msg’s to Chris or anyone else on here. We can have our opinions but please let’s not be mean. Xxx”

Meanwhile an ill Chris thanked the fans that had been supporting him yesterday, ahead of next month's X Factor tour.

He tweeted: "Ello guys, really still not feeling any better, thanks for all your love and support. really amazing. thanks for everything xx "

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