Christopher Maloney on trolls, telly and talent

Former X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother star Christopher Maloney has told Radio Clatterbridge he's now a stronger person after dealing with internet trolls.

The singer from Liverpool spoke to presenter Steve Lord about a new television programme he's making about the issue.

Christopher Maloney on his last visit to Clatterbridge

Chris, a supporter of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, is also opening a new theatre and arts academy in Wirral.

Speaking from Somerset, where he's been filming the Channel 5 documentary with Frankie Bridge from The Saturdays, he said his problem with trolls goes back to his days on The X Factor.

The 38 year old blamed the internet trouble-makers and the pressure of the competition on his subsequent breakdown.

But he says it's all a long time ago and he's now a stronger person.

"People don't understand that it doesnt just affect the person, it affects their family and friends." - Christopher Maloney

Chris told Live From The Bridge listeners how he was apprehensive about the offer to appear on this year's Celebrity Big Brother and initially turned producers down.

Despite being booed as he went into the CBB house, he said he came out to one of the best receptions.

"I'm so glad I did it. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do but one of the best things I've ever done in my life." - Christopher Maloney

Chris says he learnt a lot about himself and is pleased he got the opportunity to know David Gest, whose funeral he recently attended.

 

The second Christopher Maloney Academy is opening in Wirral following the success of the original venue in Liverpool.

A weekend school for singing and dancing for 4 to 19 year olds, it will feature professional coaches and visits from artists such as Rebecca Ferguson.

He hopes it will get youngsters off the street and aims to be hands on with his music and nurturing raw talent.

"I wish I had something like that when I was a child. It would have done me the world of good." - Christopher Maloney

Chris said the academy has been inundated with applications and there are only a limited amount of spaces left.

For more details, visit the academy's website or call 07842 272819.

Meanwhile, Chris has plans to get back into the studio and record some new songs in Japan where his debut single, My Heart Belongs To You, has flown up the charts.


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