Ferguson: People tried to ruin me
Rebecca Ferguson has said she found herself surrounded by people who wanted to "destroy" her after her X Factor success.
The soulful mum-of-two was runner-up on the seventh series of the show and followed it up with a number one album, but has now admitted it wasn't all smooth sailing.
"I started attracting really bad people," she explained. "I came off The X Factor and had all these clingers-on, trying be mates with me. But because I was so trusting and shy, when people said they wanted to be my friend, I went along with it and they ended up completely using me, really."
Rebecca continued: "They attempted to ruin me, basically. They wanted to destroy me. These people were fixated like stalkers. But not stalkers in the sense they just wanted to be near me, this was destructive.
"And I'd get threatening mail, to the point where I was petrified in my own house."
Rebecca revealed she has now learned a lot about the industry - which she calls "cut-throat" and said is "all about making money and being well-connected" - and is more careful when she meets new people now.
Her latest album, Freedom, deals with being unlucky in love. But Rebecca revealed she is now in a happy relationship.
"We've been together a year now and I've learned a lot, mainly that love and happiness can be different, and there are two types of love," she said.
"The love where you get infatuated with each other and you get butterflies, which is always a bit unhealthy, and there's a practical love, where you care about each other deeply, have the same outlook and see yourself marrying them.
"I think I've found that with my partner now, and I'm over the moon."
:: Rebecca Ferguson's second album Freedom is out now.