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Last Updated: Thursday October 08 2009 05:44 GMT

JLS star in bid to beat bullies

Aston Merrygold from JLS

JLS star Aston Merrygold is using his newfound fame to help to stop bullying.

The X Factor runner-up has become an ambassador for the Beatbullying charity, after speaking out about his own experience at the hands of bullies.

"At school I got on well with people, but even though I was kept busy... I did experience bullying," he said.

"We all have a lot to do to speak up and stop bullying by getting teachers, parents and even the government talking about it and stopping it happening."

Aston praised Beatbullying's work and said he wanted more kids to realise that there is help available if they're being bullied and feel they have nowhere to turn.

"CyberMentors are really brilliant kids who are trained by Beatbullying, who then come together in their own time to give advice and support to their peers," he said.

"That's a brilliant thing to do. I can imagine that when I was being I bullied would really welcome the support of someone who's been there themselves."