THE X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan was forced to cut her Malta holiday short after she and her girlfriend were victim to constant homophobic harass
THE X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan was forced to cut her Malta holiday short after she and her girlfriend were victim to constant homophobic harassment.
The 30-year-old star revealed the sick sexual comments that local men made while they were out and about, before deciding to fly home early.
Lucy has shared her and her girlfriend’s horrifying Malta ordeal[/caption]
The two women were subjected to sick homophobic harassment[/caption]
Taking to her Instagram page, the singer penned a lengthy post about their horrifying experience, which saw a waiter in Valletta, the country’s capital, tell the couple that they are turning all of the staff on sexually.
Sharing two photos of herself and her girlfriend, whose identity she is keeping private, on the trip, Lucy reflected on the distressing experience.
She revealed that they’d chosen Malta because it’d been recommended as an “LGBT friendly and progressive” holiday destination, but they left after just two and a half days.
Despite not even holding hands, let alone other forms of PDA, she said “everywhere we went someone shouted ‘lesbians’ at us”.
Detailing their experience with the vile waiter, Lucy went on: “It makes me so angry that all we could do was f***ing laugh in disbelief and calmly ask for the bill, he said ‘don’t leave, stay here’ and to diffuse the situation I said ‘we have more to discover here’ to which he said: ‘How about I discover her with you’.”
The women also had an issue with a broken balcony door that did not lock, which the hotel refused to fix overnight as they insisted that the area was “safe”.
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Lucy said that she and her girlfriend were subjected to crude homophobic hand gestures from local men as they shouted “lesbians”.
The star concluded her post: “There were quite a few other things to add but caption’s done. I am sick to f***ing death of feeling threatened as a woman.
“Sick to f***ing death of feeling threatened as a lesbian. I am sick to f***ing death of being spoken down to by men across the globe.
“Came home and went to the spa. Malta was beautiful, but experience was not.”
Lucy later revealed that Malta’s Minister for Equality had been in touch after spotting her post, as well as many members of the Maltese community “upset by their experience” and “apologising on behalf of the homophobic and misogynistic men” the two women came across.
I am sick to f***ing death of feeling threatened as a woman. Sick to f***ing death of feeling threatened as a lesbian.
Thanking them for their support, Lucy added that she “appreciates we had a terrible experience there but not everyone has”.
She went on: “It felt safer to just come home rather than stay. We chose spending money on new flights and 9 degrees with wind and rain in the UK over it. We came back on Monday – it took me 4 days to consider whether or not I’d post about our experience because of how stressful it was.
“I have nothing more to say about our experience, but alongside it I do hope that my post opened up conversation around the fact that as an LGBTQ+ person, and as two women travelling, I have to extensively research my holiday destinations to ensure we will be safe wherever we go.
“That is something I do every time I travel. LGBTQ ‘Friendly’ would be a win, but we are actually looking for LGBTQ Safe. ”
Lucy shot to fame after wowing judges with her own song on The X Factor back in 2012.
Lucy thanked followers for their support[/caption]
She shot to fame on The X Factor[/caption]
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