Former X Factor finalist Katie Waissel had a gun pointed at her whilst stuck in traffic in LA

Former X Factor finalist Katie Waissel was left ‘terrified’ yesterday after having a gun pointed at her whilst driving in LA.

Katie shared the scary news on her Instagram account earlier today.

Katie, 29, posted a picture of her looking scared as she hid behind her hand.

She captioned the photo: ‘You know you’re in LA when you have a gun pointed at you whilst your [sic] stuck in traffic!! TERRIFIED!! NEVER LEAVING MY HOUSE AGAIN!! #stopguncrime #banonguns.’

The singer has yet to share further details of exactly what happened, despite fans voicing concern over the incident.

One said: ‘Aww bless you Katie no bloody wonder you were terrified.’

Another posted: ‘Oh dear lord – I hope you’re ok x’

And another simply said: ‘Really??’

Still, it doesn’t seem as though Katie was left too traumatised by the event – just three hours later she posted a picture of two homemade pizzas she’d cooked with a friend (mmm, pizza).

Katie first found fame in 2010 when she made the live finals of The X Factor, being mentored by Cheryl Cole. She went on to be eliminated in week eight.

Since then she has relocated to Los Angeles where she is working on her music career with her band, Red Velvet.

Last October it was rumoured that she had bagged herself a celebrity boyfriend in the shape of Johnny Galecki – AKA The Big Band Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter.

After being spotted at LA hotspot Chateau Marmont together, a Hollywood source told Now: ‘They have been seeing each other for a few weeks now and it’s going really well. Johnny is really private and Katie isn’t one to splash her love life around so they have been keeping a low profile.’

So perhaps Johnny can comfort Katie following her traumatic gunpoint experience?

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