Internet sensation Reuben de Maid, 12, reveals he has been tormented by vile online trolls for wearing make-up

INTERNET sensation Reuben de Maid, 12, has been tormented by vile online trolls for wearing make-up.

The Welsh youngster opened up about the sick abuse he has suffered during an appearance on Good Morning Britain today.

Reuben, from Llandaff,  is a talented singer, and his stage presence has led to comparisons with US pop star Adam Lambert and won him a guest turn on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

But he has seen the darker side of fame as he has been targeted by trolls who have been sending him nasty messages .

Many have been giving him abuse over his choice to wear foundation, eye shadow and mascara.


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During his appearance on the show, Reuben revealed that online bullies have been sending him "mean" messages, but he just laughs it off.

He said: "Because I'm quite different from everyone else – I don't know why people decide to be mean to me.

"Someone the other day made an account on Instagram [which was like] 'Reuben is stupid'.

"It's not a thing I get sad by [sic], I laugh."

He was previously bullied at drama school, and admits the problems was much worse.

Reuben added: "It was at drama school and someone from the area was like hitting me and calling me names."

Host Piers Morgan was sympathetic to Reuben's plight and insisted the trolls are just "jealous" of his talent.

Viewers flocked to Twitter to express their opinions on Reuben's heavy make-up.

Many insisted a child so young should not be allowed to wear lashings of lipstick and eye-liner.

One wrote: "Why is that little boy caked in makeup and why has he had his eyebrows done?

He's a child ffs. #GMB."

Another added: "Call me old fashioned but why is that young boy Reuben wearing a ridiculous amount of eye make up? #OTT #GMB."

A third tweeted: "#gmb little boy with make up on what are his parents thinking of disgusting."."

One added: "I don't thinks it's ok for 12 yo girls to wear make up. Same applies to boys. Children should be children #GMB."

Reuben recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going from the Dreamgirls musical before being interviewed about his love for make-up.

Ellen shared a link to her interview with Reuben on her official Facebook page and wrote: "I absolutely love this kid from Wales – his voice, his character, his uniqueness, all of it."

In the clip, Reuben could be seen sporting perfectly applied make-up for his chat with the popular American comedian and when asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, Reuben said he wanted to be "a Kardashian".

He added: "I'd love to be on stage but I'd like to have my own make-up brand and to have a YouTube channel with my sister and do make-up tutorials."

Reuben also explained how he managed to appear on America talent show, Little Big Shots, which is produced by Ellen to showcase the "world's most talented and extraordinary kids".

As  for his love of make-up, Reuben explained: :"Ever since I was eight years old I was interested. I watched my phone for hours on end learning from tutorials and blogs how to do it.'

Asked whether he wore make-up in school, he said: 'I get told off for it but I try to. Before I used to get bullied a lot, I had friends but not a lot and in my drama group I used to get hit, punched and kicked.

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