Alexandra Burke 'under police protection' after Twitter troll sends threatening messages
09:26 GMT, 13 April 2012
Alexandra Burke was under police protection at her lip gloss launch on Wednesday after being subjected to threats on Twitter.
An internet troll wrote a series of abusive and threatening messages leaving the singer fearing for her safety.
Police officers arranged to meet the X Factor winner, 23, outside the Rose Club in central London, with her record company drafting in extra security.
Refusing to live in fear: Alexandra Burke shrugged off the abusive Twitter messages as she attended the Cadbury Unwrap Gold party in London last night
The messages included: 'I'm coming, and I'll murder you!', 'I'm going to kill you tonight', 'gonna stab you', and 'prepare to die'.
The singer's brother David Burke sent messages to the troll in question ahead of the event.
He wrote: 'I'll be there tonight, I DARE you to try bring harm to Alex… And see what will happen! Don't f**k with us.'
Protective: David Burke told the troll to leave his sister alone
A source told the Metro newspaper that the star had been 'freaked out' by the messages.
The insider said: 'The police agreed to meet Alex at the entry of the club when she arrived and escort her in.
'Her own team weren't taking any chances. Her management decided to draft in extra security to be by her side all night.
Big night: Alexandra Burke arrived at her lip gloss launch party at the Rose Club in jeans and a jacket by Tahir Sultan, before changing into a peplum-detailed top by Zeynep Tosun and skintight trousers
could have been nothing more than a disgusting bluff but no-one was
willing to take any chances after Leona Lewis was attacked a few years
ago. Every threat has to be taken seriously – if something happened,
Alex's team would never forgive themselves.'
The Twitter user has now had their account suspended.
A spokesman for Alexandra confirmed: 'Alex is fine. There was no drama and the launch went really well.
'The police will be looking into the abusive tweets.'
Out with his boys: Tottenham Hotspurs player Jermain Defoe arrived separately with some male friends
her fears, Burke managed to put them aside to have a good time at her
launch, which was attended by new boyfriend Jermain Defoe.
Arriving alone, the 23-year-old singer started off the night in some pastel pink Guess skinny jeans, grey blazer and bra, before changing into a pair of skintight latex leggings and peplum-detail top.
While she was happy to pose on the red carpet with teen jazz singer Dionne Bromfield, there was no such display for the paparazzi with her new man.
Burke was hosting the party to mark the launch of her MUA LipBoom collection.
Where's your boyfriend The X Factor winner happily posed up with teen singer Dionne Bromfield
And it appears she found the whole evening quite overwhelming given her Twitter updates.
She gushed: 'Had an amazing time at my launch
tonight! Thanks 2everyone who came out&supported me. Means so much.
Tonight was unreal. I'm so happy!
'Tear in my eye. I'm proud of myself. For once I can actually say it…
so much2those who have supported me all the way. My heart is yours.'
However, despite her joy at the product,
it appears Burke isn't too precious to play support act to JLS at their
forthcoming summer concerts – despite beating them to the X Factor
title in 2008.
Coy… or COYS Burke hasn't spoken much about her burgeoning romance
Burke will share the stage with the boy band at the summer leg of their 4th Dimensions Tour at gigs in Carlisle, Lincoln, Oxford and Scarborough.
Although Burke has enjoyed three No.1 singles and a No.1 album, selling 4million records, while JLS have had five No.1 singles. a No.1 album and two No.2 albums, selling over 6million records.
The group are preparing to release their fourth album this year, however Burke is yet to release her second.
Home alone Burke and Defoe left seperately