Ronan Parke to release anti-bullying single

Ronan Parke. 
Photo: Bill Smith Ronan Parke. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
6:30 AM

Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Ronan Parke is releasing a new single and will donate half of the profits to an anti-bullying charity.

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The 15-year-old, from Poringland, was just 12 when he burst into the limelight on the popular television show, and quickly became a target himself for bullies, partiularly those online.

The Framingham Earl High School pupil has revealed that his experience on the ITV show presented him with challenges regarding cyber bullying and the ‘dark-side’ of fame, which has prompted him to raise money for the UK’s leading anti-bullying charity Kidscape, through his new single Defined.

He said: “Britain’s Got Talent was such an incredible experience, but it’s been hard.

“As a young person in the public domain sometimes you can feel like a target, with people writing things on social sites to you and about you that don’t just hurt but can be intimidating and scary.

“I’ve been so very blessed in the fact that I have incredible friends, family and such a huge support of fans behind me, so when I heard about Kidscape it was something I wanted to get behind.”

The youngster had a torrid time during Britain’s Got Talent after an anonymous person used the internet to claim Ronan was already known to Simon Cowell’s firm Syco and had been moulded to appeal to the audience.

The man behind the post later admitted the hoax, apologised to Ronan and accepted a police caution.

The new single, Defined, will be out on January 6, 2014 with 50pc of its profits going to Kidscape.

Nikki Kerr, from the charity, said: “We hope that this fantastic song will raise awareness of bullying and the effects that it has on so many young people across the world. Kidscape has been working for nearly 30 years to help those experiencing bullying, and with Ronan’s help we aim to support many thousands more young people and their families”

For more information on Kidscape visit www.kidscape.org.uk

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