Katherine Jenkins
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Opera singer Katherine Jenkins revealed she was forced to publicaly deny her alleged affair with former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham because she received death threats on Twitter.

"From my point of view, I was actually getting months of people saying this to me on Twitter and calling my friends and asking if it was true," she told Wales Online, "It went from being now and again to constant abuse. I was getting death threats before I spoke about it. You wouldn't believe how crazy and out of control it was getting."

"I didn't want people to think I would date a married man," she added, "I wouldn't want anyone to think I would do that to another woman. I wanted to put it right. It couldn't have been more wrong. I couldn't have people thinking such things of me."

In August, the 32 year old took to the micro blogging site, claiming she did not have an affair with the former England captain. But Jenkins was widely criticised for bringing up the topic which hadn't been widely reported.

"Dear Twitter friends, I've read some horrible rumours on here & want u 2 know I absolutely deny I've had an affair with David Beckham," Jenkins then tweeted, adding, "The rumours are very hurtful, untrue & my lawyers tell me actionable."

She went on to explain the two had met only twice and nothing ever happened between them.

"I've only met David twice: once at the Military Awards in 2010 & on a night out in the West End in Feb 2012," she wrote, "We were out in a group of friends & it was just a normal fun evening out. Just so we are clear I have never been on my own with him and never arranged to meet up."

Jenkins, who was runner-up on American television series Dancing with the Stars, is an active user of the social networking site. The singer even used the medium to announce her break-up with boyfriend, television presenter Gethin Jones. They met on the sets of Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and were engaged while on holiday in Mexico in February, 2011.

"You can see something on Twitter that's very untrue written with '#fact' next to it which is so wrong," Jenkins said, "It then spreads like wildfire so something so wrong is all over the internet. You can ruin someone's life by doing that."