LET It Shine’s Gary Barlow was forced to apologise to millions of fans after a vile tweet appeared on his account.
The Take That star had his account hacked, when a foul-mouthed message appeared to his 4.32 million followers.
The now-deleted tweet read: “Die Barlow you c***. A slow and f**kin painful death (sic).”
However, the singer quickly noticed and deleted the offending post, before increasing the security on his account.
Apologising to his fans, Gary wrote: “Drama over. Password changed. Let’s face it, we’ve seen worse!”
His adoring fans leapt to his defence after noticing the awful tweet.
One replied: “what did I just read? What sick twisted jealous people we have in this world. Don’t let them get you down…Keep shining xxxx.”
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Another added: “Whoever hacked @GaryBarlow’s twitter needs to get a life. It’s disgusting what you’ve tweeted & you should be ashamed.”
While a third fan wrote: “@GaryBarlow OH MY GOD!!! Whatever c*** has hacked you needs locking away!”
Just a few hours before the hack, the 45 year old used his account to speak about the launch night of his new talent show with the BBC.
Let It Shine debuted last night, with Gary as the head judge to find five male singers to perform in a tour of Take That: The Musical.
He wrote: “Enjoying a bit of reflection today. I feel very blessed and lucky to still have great and challenging opportunities after all these years.
“And the tireless support from my fans is unbelievable. All I can do in return is continue to give 150% to you all.
“Very proud of my team on Let It Shine. So many super talented young people who’ve worked so hard to make it all happen.”
The first episode of the talent show received positive reviews from fans, with many praising the show online.
Viewers were left in shocked at one hopeful, Deaglan Arthurs, when he showcased his surprisingly deep voice during his rendition of Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York.
The Irish singer went from talking in a soft and slightly high pitched voice to singing in a deep sultry baritone/bass pitch.
And the judges couldn’t contain their shock as the teen opened his mouth, with Amber Riley throwing her hands in the air.
All four judges – Gary, Amber, Martin Kemp, and Dannii Minogue – gave him a standing ovation as he sailed through to the next round.
Speaking about the performance, Gary said: “Amazing, absolutely amazing.
“Entertaining, great vocals, the surprise factor when you went so low we was like, ‘What are we watching?’ It was absolutely great! Love your personality, love it, love it.”
And host Graham Norton agreed, adding: “A star is born!”
OK! Online has contacted a rep for Gary for comment.