Ting Tings Katie: My troll nightmare

Katie White of The Ting Tings
Katie White of The Ting Tings

TING Tings singer Katie White said that she was unable to write songs for six months after online trolls attacked her.

The Lowton star said she was horrified to discover vicious online comments about her looks.

And she was so scarred by the abuse that she never Googles her band now.

Katie told The Daily Record: “It was psychologically damaging to the point that I haven’t done it since. It knocked me sideways. It’s almost like walking down the street hearing people’s innermost thoughts, not just about your music but about your appearance. People do that to everybody on the internet if you have any kind of profile. But I stood in the mirror thinking, ‘Oh, my God. I feel so bad about myself’. It stopped me writing songs for six months.”

The 31-year-old then tracked down one of her trolls online – and discovered she was housebound with ME. She said: “It made me realise that the people who write those things probably don’t have a great life. It’s either brattish teenage guys or people who are really quite unhappy.”

The band, which also features drummer Jules De Martino, are in the south of Spain, rehearsing and making music videos. Their new album, Super Critical, is out now, which is inspired by disco, with their own twist.

Katie added: “We’re going to hunt down Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and force him to work with us! It won’t be an out-and-out country record, but a Ting Tings take on that sound. If we can make five or six albums this way I think we’ll be very happy. We’ve gone a dancey for this record, but it’s natural for us to explore new sounds.”