A gay man who was on Britain’s Got Talent for his impersonation of Lady Gaga has spoken of receiving abuse and threats on the internet.
Max Oliver, 21, who performs as ‘Maxxie’, got through to the next round of the competition last week when judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden liked his act.
But he said that people had left offensive comments about him on YouTube.
One commentator reportedly wrote: “You f**king slag, you should die.” Another said he should be “shot”, while one said he “should die”.
Oliver, who works as a sales assistant in London, told the Sun that people hated him for being a cross-dressing gay man.
He said: “It was very hurtful. People hate me because I’m gay and dress up as a woman. I don’t see a big deal in that but some small-minded people do.
“Some even said my mum should have killed me at birth. It is really hard to take.”
The singer was panned by Simon Cowell for his performance, who described it as “awful”.
Last week, Oliver said gay rights advocate Gaga was a “big inspiration” for him, saying: “What I love about Lady Gaga is the whole package. She’s a great performer, she’s a singer, a pianist and she’s a songwriter.”