A TEENAGE girl has been hit with death threats by Justin Bieber fans on Twitter after the Canadian pop star retweeted her glowing review of his album.
15-year-old Courtney Barrasford took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the singer’s latest album, Believe Acoustic.
“Not really a fan of Justin Bieber but his acoustic album is really good!” the young Brit tweeted innocently.
The teen heart-throb retweeted the post for his 34 million followers to see, causing avid Beliebers to lash out in response.
Within minutes of the retweet going live, Barrasford was inundated with hate-filled messages abusing the ‘non-fan’ for receiving attention from the Baby singer.
“I am a Belieber of him since 2009 and he didn’t notice me. And you’re not even a f***ing fan. You get noticed. OMG,” an enraged fan tweeted.
“U notice her n she’s not even a fan. I am but you won’t notice me 🙂 Can anyone hear me crying? :’(” (sic) another wrote.
Some bitter fans even called for the schoolgirl to commit suicide while others began circulating rumours that she was pregnant with Bieber’s child.
Courtney has spoken out about her shock at the backlash she received.
“I came back from a drama class where everyone had been going on about how good Justin Bieber’s acoustic album was. So I went on to YouTube to listen to it and then put my comment up on the internet”, The Sun reports the teen saying.
“About 10 minutes later my friend sent me a message to say she noticed something on Twitter.
“It wasn’t too bad at first. Some people were saying I was lucky I was retweeted by him and some were jealous. But then it started to get worse as more people found out. I had things like ’you’re not a fan, go kill yourself’.”
One angry fan who sent Courtney abusive messages and claimed to be a 12-year-old American girl, posted: “Just tell her to die and leave Justin alone.”
Courtney’s shocked mother, Tina, 45, said: “It’s all silly and has got out of control. It’s because of jealously, and all because of a retweet.
“I wonder if the parent of the 12-year-old knows about what her daughter has been posting.”
Courtney is now warning other social network users to be careful of what they post: “I don’t think these people would say it face-to-face. But it’s still not nice to hear.”
“I would say to people to ignore it and stop using the site for a while”, she said.