Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle has reportedly been the victim of attacks in her hometown.
The Scottish singer, who has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, has apparently been both physically and verbally attacked by local youths.
A spokesperson for the singer has said that they were planning to call the police to ensure the singer's safety after a gang began to pick on the performer.
A witness to the attacks told the Daily Mirror newspaper of one incident: “We were inside the bus and they were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.
“Another time 10-15 of them were surrounding and throwing stuff.
“They lit a piece of paper and threw it at her face.
“Then I was going inside the Mill Centre, Susan was walking out and they were all standing at the entrance and they said to her ‘why don’t you get yourself a pair of glasses you ugly, old b****. It’s horrendous.”
However neighbours of the singer have rallied around her, with one revealing to the tabloid: “Since finding fame she has been getting hassle off the youngsters.
“They go up and down this road. You or I could handle it but with Susan’s condition it makes it harder.
“It seems to come and go with the youngsters. The other neighbours will chase them off if they see anything.”
Susan appeared on BGT in 2009 and has become one of the show's most famous contestants.
Her audition went down in history and although she didn't actually win the series, Susan was signed by Simon Cowell and has since released a number of albums.
Her latest record - A Wonderful World - is out now.