Christopher Stone reveals bullying torment
'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Christopher Stone was bullied for five years over his love of music, with his ordeal only stopping when his father sold the family home to pay for him to attend a new school
'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Christopher Stone was bullied for five years over his love of music.
The shy accountant admits his school ordeal - which saw him beaten and called "poof" - damaged his confidence and even left him thinking he "deserved" the abuse.
He said: "I was bullied from day one until the day I left. Day in, day out.
"It started off being physical and became mental afterwards - but the mental bullying was worse by far. Bruises heal but the pain from mental bullying doesn't just go away.
"You start to think to yourself, 'Am I really an awful person? Am I that bad that people don't like me?' You start to doubt yourself and think you deserve it.
"They called me a girl, a poof, all sorts of things. I liked music, I was a freak - that's what they thought.
"I don't want to wallow in it. It's not about that, but it was difficult. People who know me know what I went through."
Christopher's ordeal stopped after his father Malcolm sold the family home to raise enough money to send him to study for his A-levels at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and the 28-year-old office worker - who received a standing ovation from Britain's Got Talent' judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden for his audition performance of 'Maria' - is now determined to win the show to pay back the gesture.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "My dad is on his pension now so I want to look after him a bit because he sacrificed so much for me. He's my bestest friend."