X Factor rising star Sam Callahan was so badly tormented by bullies at school he was forced to call the police.
The 19-year-old singer said he was pinned down and kicked in the face repeatedly by a bully wearing football boots in one of many brutal attacks.
Sam admitted: “The worst time was when I was held down by a pair of 16-year-olds who kicked me in the face with football boots, but nothing changed until I moved schools.”
Sam, who last night performed Bryan Adams’ hit ‘Summer of 69’, said he was an easy victim for the bullies.
He claimed: “I wanted to do music and perform and I stood out because I was small.”
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Sam appeared on Daybreak last week with mentor Louis Walsh and fellow contestants Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald (Photo: WENN)
The Essex-born barman also revealed that the same bullies have recently sent him good luck messages on Facebook after spotting him on the show: “Since I went on the show, quite a few of the bullies have got back in touch with me, as if nothing had happened.”
Sam claimed the bullying he recieved at his secondary school grew so bad that he left and moved to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in West London, whose former pupils include the late singer Amy Winehouse and Spice Girl Emma Bunton.
“I got pretty badly bullied at my first secondary school, so had to leave there and I went to Sylvia Young,” said the young star.
“It was both verbal and physical. I got really badly beaten up.
“I was quite small and had really blond spiked hair and blue eyes, and I think they wanted to knock me down a peg or two.
“We had to get the police involved once – when I was 12 a 16-year-old held me down while his mate kicked me in the face with his football boots. We called the police but we didn’t press charges.”
Sam’s mentor in the show, Louis Walsh, believes the trauma of the bullying may have given him a good grounding to cope with the pressures of the show and the music industry.
Louis, 61, said: “Whatever Sam went through has obviously paid off for him because he’s one of the hardest working people I know. He’s always on the phone to me.
“He has such a great work ethic and I know he’s going to go a long way.”
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