Louis fears for his safety after obsessed fan camps at home
Published 25/07/2010 | 05:00
Music mogul Louis Walsh has contacted the police over his fears of a crazed stalker who has been following the star for two years.
The Westlife manager is considering hiring 24-hour security protection to guard him against a woman who camps outside his London accommodation every night.
Mr Walsh says he is terrified of meeting the obsessed fan alone and has asked X-Factor boss Simon Cowell to provide extra security for him as part of his contract.
The X-Factor judge, who stays in a plush West End hotel while filming the reality talent show, says he has become an anxious mess as he tries to avoid the infatuated follower. "At the start I thought it was just a bit of fun but now it's genuinely scaring me," the TV star said.
"Every time I step outside the door, she's there. She jumps on me, every time. Three, four nights a week and there's nothing I can do that will make her go away.
"She doesn't say anything, she just grabs on to me and holds on for dear life until she usually has to be pulled off.
"It's all well and good if I'm out with friends at the time, or with the X-Factor staff, but she knows my every move. So there's no getting away from her.
"She just seems to come out of nowhere. When I'm on my own, who knows what could happen? That's the part that worries me."
The reality show star also has growing concerns about the type of "opportunists" he has had to encounter as his fame escalates.
"Over the past couple of weeks, as the show takes off again, I've had people ringing up newspapers offering to sell ludicrous stories on the back of a picture they've grabbed with me in a nightclub," he said.
"I get dozens of pictures taken with fans every night and there are so many people out there who are looking to make a quick buck. It's scary.
"But I've gotten tip-offs from the papers about what they're up to and I've learned my lesson."
He added: "It's got to the stage now where I don't want to go out anymore. It's not worth it."
Meanwhile, Walsh has said he has high hopes the X-Factor winner will come from Ireland this year.
"I really want the winner to come from Ireland this time around. We're in the seventh series and it's about time it happened."
The show's bosses have cancelled their big-arena plans for bootcamp following the news that Cheryl Tweedy will not be fit enough to take part. Programme chiefs have decided that without her on the panel and with Dannii Minogue away on maternity leave, the whittling down of hopefuls in front of a live audience isn't workable.