Nicole Scherzinger has revealed how death threats once left her hiding in her hotel room.
The former Pussycat Doll singer admitted she could relate to her X Factor act Rylan Clark, who has also received internet rants threatening his life, after she was on the receiving end herself during her appearance on The X Factor USA.
"It breaks my heart. Last year I had death threats on X Factor USA. That kind of ruined me. I didn't want to leave my hotel room," she told The Sun.
"It really frightened and scared me when I got death threats so it upset me to hear Rylan had to go through that pain. I didn't know that people could conjure up such thoughts - so hateful."
Nicole laughed off fellow X Factor judge Gary Barlow's comments that he will be "very honest" about Rylan's debut on the live shows, which begin on ITV1 on October 6.
The 34-year-old, who is dating Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton, also said she plans to be less of a pussycat this season and shed less tears on screen.
"I am a little tougher this year - to succeed and be resilient in this industry, you must be," she added.