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DIY SOS star Nick Knowles, 58, has spoken out after Britain’s Got Talent’s Sign Along With Us choir star Jade Kildruff asked for his help after addressing the heartbreaking abuse that her little brother Christian, five, has received. Jade and Christian were contestants on BGT in 2020 with their choir Sign Along With Us and their performance was rewarded by judge David Walliams, who pressed his golden buzzer for them.
Jade decided to set up the choir as she wanted to be able to communicate with her younger brother, who was born with cerebral palsy.
However, she recently started to notice horrible comments and death threats aimed at her little brother on Twitter following their appearance on the ITV show.
Jade took to Twitter to share her story with presenter Nick and asked for his support.
She penned in response to one of Nick’s tweets: “Please help us fight this, we as a family are heartbroken my brother is just 5 yrs old & this abuse is vile.
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“Disability hate online has to stop, we need your help to spread awareness of just how much this hurts and how it can affect people #BeKind.”
The BGT star also shared a video of herself and her family explaining the heartbreaking situation with Nick.
The BBC host was quick to reply to Jade’s message, admitting he was “astounded this kind of abuse still exists”.
Nick wrote this morning in view of his 157,000 followers: “I’m astounded this kind of abuse exists – still more amazed that there isn’t Govt pressure to force platforms to track down these people and prosecute them.
“Social media needs to be better policed.
“Freedom of speech is not freedom to hate or harm.”
Sign Along With Us’ official Twitter page replied to Nick to show their appreciation for his words.
The message read: “Thank you so much Nick , it’s heartbreaking and needs to stop, the consequences for victims can be devastating but the consequences for the perpetrators are weak to none my brother is just 5 yrs old, it’s disgusting and heartbreaking.”
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Fans joined Sign Along With Us in the comments section of Nick’s tweet to share their thoughts on the situation.
One person wrote: “There is something wrong with bullies who spew hate at children, disabled people or any other person. Yes name calling has always happened but social media has to show folk they can’t do this, society is sick & I wish we could retrain these people.”
Another added: “That’s disgusting what those trolls have said, he looks like a right cheeky adorable little guy, that poor family. It seems like it’s happening more often, that social media is letting people say things anonymously with little comeback. It’s got to stop.”
“Totally agree with you Nick,” a third fan commented.
Jade recently opened up about the vile comments in an interview with Metro.co.uk, saying: “Since we first started our social media pages which was before BGT, five to 10% of the comments have always been hate.
“There has been death threats to Christian who is a five-year-old little boy. I don’t think you can get much worse than that.
“I think in some weird and sick way, it makes them feel powerful.
“It makes them feel a buzz from it, which is just disgusting.”
Jade, along with her mum Diana and dad Neil, also posted an emotional video on Twitter asking for people to “be kind” following the trolling of Christian.
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