Welsh soprano Charlotte Church is reportedly distraught over racist hate mail sent to her boyfriend KYLE JOHNSON.

British newspaper The Sun reports the singer, 18, was astounded when 19-year-old Johnson began receiving threatening letters at his hotel workplace in Cardiff, Wales.

According to friends of the star, the letters described Church as a "prostitute" and used racist terms to describe her mixed race lover of 11 months (begsFEB04).

A friend says, "Charlotte's stomach turned when she opened the envelope.

"She refuses to be bullied. She is trying to put it out of her mind. But it's hard enough begin famous at her age while trying to hold down a relationship."

16/12/2004 13:51