The singer says the ordeal has made her less naive

Rebecca Ferguson has revealed that she lost £100,000 after becoming the victim of a sting.

The The X Factor runner-up, 27, ended up at her ‘lowest point’ when the money was taken from her following the release of her first album Heaven in 2011.

‘I put too much trust in people and for that reason they took advantage of me,’ says Rebecca.

‘I had money, well over £100,000, stolen from me from people I trusted who sought to gain from me. It’s really disgusting. It’s the betrayal.’

Merseyside Police have confirmed that a man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of fraud for false representation, although they’re yet to been charged. 

Rebecca – who once dated One Direction‘s Zayn Malik – admits that she became ‘really hardened’ after her ordeal before realising that she had to ‘forgive and be happy’.

While she doesn’t think she’ll get her money back, the upsetting incident taught her an important lesson.

‘I think they spent it. I think I was so naive to the world but I feel I have become a woman now and am more aware of what goes on in the world,’ Rebecca tells the Daily Record.

‘Not everyone is good.’

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