Samantha hits back at tattoo jibes
The soloist on the Military Wives choir's chart-topping single plans to celebrate their Christmas number one with a poppy tattoo.
Samantha Stevenson, who led the choir to the top spot on the song Wherever You Are, said she has received "hurtful" online criticism of her body art, but insisted it will not stop her getting more.
The 28-year-old, who has tattoos on her arms and chest, is quoted by the Sun as saying: "Most people are lovely and supportive. But I've been really shocked by the reaction to my tattoos on the internet.
"They say I'm vile, I'm a disgusting woman with disgusting tattoos and I shouldn't be allowed on TV."
But she said the comments will not put her off, adding: "I'm going to have a poppy tattoo to celebrate the single going to number one."
Mrs Stevenson is married to Lance Corporal John Stevenson, of 24 Commando Regiment, Royal Engineers.
The Military Wives choir outsold X Factor girl group Little Mix by five to one, beating them to the coveted Christmas number one spot yesterday.
Their single sold 556,000 copies in the last week, more than the rest of the top 12 combined, the Official Charts Company said.
Proceeds are being donated to the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), and the Government has said it will waive VAT on sales of the single.
Wherever You Are became the fastest-selling single since Alexandra Burke's Hallelujah sold 576,000 in its first week in December 2008, and also scored the 7th biggest first week for any single since electronic records began in 1994.