WHEN talented pianist Paul Gbegbaje thrilled Britain's Got Talent judges on Saturday's show he finally got one over bullies. Christian Paul, 19, whose parents are preachers, took up music as an escape after cruel classmates dubbed him "Jesus Freak" at school.
They mocked him for reading his Bible in class while they were all reading Playboy. Paul, of Dagenham, East London, is still so religious he even prayed backstage. He said: "I knew God was with me. He really came through for me."
All three judges voted Paul through to the next round when he revealed how he had taught himself by drawing a keyboard on a piece of paper because he didn't have a piano to practise on at home.
Paul told TV Biz: "I was different because of what I believed in. In year eight I would bring my Bible for reading time and they would bring Playboy and stuff like that. They would call me Jesus Freak."I didn't swear, didn't smoke, didn't drink, didn't bunk. They were listening to things in the charts, whereas me I was listening to piano."
But now some of his tormentors have been in touch to wish him well.Paul said: "Some of them even emailed me on Facebook saying, 'Well done.' I feel like I've had some form of victory. I had the last laugh."
He added: "People didn't understand my passion and they saw it as strange and weird. But now I am so glad I stayed true to myself."
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