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The X Factor's Chris Maloney spent £60k on cosmetic surgery after online abuse led to breakdown

Chris Maloney speaking on the This Morning sofa. Credit: ITV/This Morning

Former X Factor finalist Chris Maloney has told This Morning he has spent £60,000 on cosmetic surgery after being the victim of internet trolls.

Chris, who competed in the talent show in 2012, said the comments about his looks took their toll and resulted in him having a breakdown.

Looking back [at those clips] it upsets me a little bit... I can't look at myself, I just can't look.

X Factor was great, but as the series was going on and the further that I got in the competition, I was getting really bad trolls and they were telling me that they were going to kill me, shoot me, that I was ugly, that I had a big nose... and it just affected me so much and at the end of the final, I did have a breakdown.

Richard Holloway [executive producer] was fantastic, and The Priory came out and looked after me and I got classed as having a breakdown.

– Chris Maloney

Asked about blocking the internet trolls, Maloney told This Morning he tried to block his attackers but they got him "at the lowest point of my life".

"It was continuous and I just hated myself. I hated looking at myself. I was analysing myself, he said.

"And then I started to lose my hair throughout the show - it was stress-induced hair loss. It was just coming out in the sink when I was going to do TV interviews or radio and towards the end of the show, you could see on the final it [hairline] was right the way back."

Maloney said he has since had three hair transplants, an eye lift, a nose job and dental work, and declared: "I feel so much better now."