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Westenra hires bodyguard after stalker scare

HayleyThe actions of an over eager fan after a performance has prompted New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra to hire a bodyguard amid stalker fears.

The 19 year-old was grabbed by a man as she walked off stage after a performance in Berlin last week, The New Zealand Herald reported today.
"This has really unnerved me, it's put me on edge," the soprano reportedly told the British newspaper the Sunday Express.
"I've spent my whole life on stage and I feel safe up there; it's the one place that is really my space."
Westenra's parents said last night while they were concerned, they were confident their daughter's team would keep her safe.
Her bodyguard has a black belt in tae kwon do and has worked for such celebrities as Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey, the newspaper reported.
Westenra's mother, Jill, said the Berlin incident followed the antics of a German fan, who got into her daughter's birthday bash on a forged invitation. Guards escorted the man out, but he turned up during a rehearsal for a Westenra show last December.
The man had also posted Westenra sexually inappropriate mail - some of which he sent to her home in Christchurch. Her family and management intercepted it
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