A teenager working as a Taylor Swift impersonator found herself on the receiving end of a violent version of the treatment usually reserved for her more-famous lookalike.
Xenna Kristian's bullies, unlike the 23-year-old country star's detractors, made their sentiments felt with violence.
Kristian, a college student at Walford and North Shropshire College in England, said she was attacked on campus after students learned that she worked as a professional impersonator of Taylor Swift and claimed she is suffering from a suspected broken jaw and head injuries, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
“All of a sudden, she came from behind me and grabbed me by the hair, pulled me backwards off my chair and onto the floor and started kicking me in the face,” Kristian said, recalling her attack. “I tried to get up, but she just kept kicking me.”
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Kristian’s mother, Pauline, 56, said she was shocked and appalled by school administrators who did not break up the argument, claiming school rules forbid authority figures from touching students during physical altercations. “I’m really angry, angry that people just think they could do something like that for no reason whatsoever,” she said.
The performing arts student said she believes the attack was due to jealousy since becoming a professional impersonator after receiving countless comments that she resembled the Grammy Award-winning singer.
“They must be jealous that I’m going off to do something with my life,” Kristian, who claims the recent attack has put a choke on her new and burgeoning career, told the Daily Mail. "I've had to cancel three appearances just from this week, and I won't be able to do any more until the bruising goes," she said.
Kristian previously told the Shropshire Star in April that after Swift dumped her teen-idol boyfriend, One Direction singer Harry Styles, earlier this year, strangers would approach her on the street to blame her for the celebrity breakup.
“Most people are really nice, but I do get young girls shouting at me, ‘Leave Harry alone,’” she said. “I would go out and would just walk to the toilets in a club or walk around the shops, and loads of people would come up to me and say, ‘You really look like her.’”