The Sun today reports that BGT finalist Ronan Parke has spoken out about what he branded as “upsetting bullying” in the recent fix allegations. Here’s the paper’s article in full…
RONAN Parke has opened up about the hurt caused by vicious smears that marred his Britain’s Got Talent final appearance.
In his first in-depth interview since he was branded a stooge and came second, the 12-year-old singer said: “I was really upset – I hate bullying.”
Singer Ronan blasted the blog that claimed he had been signed by Simon Cowell years before entering the contest.
And he spoke of his fears that the lies had wrecked his chances of winning the show.
He said: “I was really upset by those nasty words written by an anonymous person because it was all a load of rubbish.
“It was a horrible thing for someone to do, attack me like that. I hope some people didn’t stop voting for me because of it.
“I hate bullying – it’s a terrible thing to do and I hope that people will see that it’s wrong now.”
Ronan missed out on winning Saturday’s show by just 2.5 per cent of the vote. He had won his semi-final round by a country mile, nabbing 61.6 per cent.
The blog claimed Ronan was signed by Cowell’s label Syco two years ago. It suggested his image was manufactured, and also made cruel personal slurs.
Simon has called in police to find out who wrote the lies, which were read by millions.
Bookies favourite Ronan, who came second to Scots warbler Jai McDowall, 24, said: “Of course it did get to me. But when the final came I shut it out of my mind and concentrated on doing the best performance I could.”
Simon told The Sun yesterday he felt “sick to the stomach” by the lies – and said he would stand up in court to defend the Norwich youngster.
Ronan said: “I’m glad Simon publicly said what he said about it being untrue. He has been so supportive to my family.
“I felt like I should give Simon the best performance I could on Saturday. I love singing and that’s what it was all about for me.”
The boy wonder performed Kelly Clarkson’s Because Of You, receiving a standing ovation from the judges. Amanda Holden even said he should have won when Jai was unveiled as the champ.
Ronan returned to a hero’s welcome in home village Poringland on Sunday. And he said he was determined not to let the scandal affect his confidence or sway him from his aim “to be a superstar”.
The youngster said: “I’m a lot stronger than people might think and I’ve got an amazing family and friends around me. They have all been great.”
Parents Maggie and Trevor, and brother Declan, 15, have been at his side throughout the contest, which saw 14.4million people tune in for the live final.
Maggie, 52, said: “The show couldn’t have been more supportive and Simon personally called me at home to offer support. It meant so much to me.
“As far as I’m concerned you’re always going to get people that are saying nasty things because that’s the nature of life. It won’t affect Ronan. He knows the truth, we know the truth and certainly Simon Cowell and everybody at Syco knows.”
Ronan is now rehearsing for the 14-date BGT tour, which starts in Newcastle on Saturday.
“It will be great to be with all the other amazing acts too. I was quite sad when the competition was over because we all built up a great relationship, but now the tour is here it is great for us to hang out together.”
Meanwhile, Simon plans to give the youngster a £1million recording deal.
He said yesterday: “I think we could do something. He’s got something special.”
His new protege added: “I’ve always wanted to be a superstar. I just can’t wait to get up on stage and sing again.”