Video: Kylie Minogue calls in police over "deluded weirdo" Twitter stalker threats
THE Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has called in police after being threatened by a stalker on Twitter.
The 43-year-old singer reported the "deluded weirdo" to the authorities after the person sent her threatening messages.
In a message posted to the micro-blogging site on Tuesday, the diminutive singer said that while she adored her more than one million followers, one of them was not her “lover”, her nickname for supporters.
"I love 1,033,861 of you LOVERS, but 1 is not a lover, just a deluded weirdo making threat #andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial So..police alerted," she tweeted on Tuesday.
She later added: "LOVERS you know who you are! #LoversArmy."
The former television soap star, who has successfully battled breast cancer, was immediately inundated with messages of support from fans after she disclosed the threats.
A groundswell of support for her was generated on the social networking site, with many vowing to protect her and hundreds “retweeting” her message.
"I hope whoever's threatening @kylieminogue knows there's more than 1,000,000 of us ready to jump to her defence," wrote one.
Another wrote: "No-one messes with our Kylie. Leave her alone.”
Wrote another: "We got your back. Stay sparkly", while another tweeted: "Whoever the weirdo is I hope he (I assume its a he) gets what he deserves. Leave Kylie alone. #andthatdoesnotmakeyouspecial".
Minogue, who is currently dating Spanish model Andres Velencoso, celebrates her 25th anniversary as a professional singer this year, after her hit debut single "Locomotion" was released in 1987.
The singer, orginally from Melbourne, who rose to fame after a stint on the Australian television soap Neighbours, has previously attracted unwanted attention.
In 2003 she received more than 700 threatening letters at her home in Chelsea, west London and to her British record company, EMI.
The letters started as ordinary fan mail but become increasingly aggressive. The singer's management later said the letters "were of an annoying nature" rather than being dangerous.
The previous year, the singer disclosed that she had been stalked by a fan for five years but believed the man meant no harm. The latest case is unlikely to detract from the pop star's 25th anniversary year celebrations.
Her plans include a live show at Sydney's Mardi Gras in March and re-recordings of some of her classic tracks backed by an orchestra.
Her spokesman was unavailable for comment. It is not clear which country's police force she has contacted.