The Liverpudlian singer, who finished third in this year's series, has been hit with persistent rumours about his attitude backstage, and was allegedly kicked out of the final after calling fellow contestant Carolynne Poole a "c***" during rehearsals.
Maloney was also absent from the X Factor wrap party, which he put down to the same illness he claimed forced him out of this weekend's final, and his place on next year's tour is said to be in jeopardy.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, Maloney pleaded to be left alone, as he is already "gutted" about failing to win the show and his ongoing ill health.
"Plz stop online abuse,all I done was follow my dream," he wrote. "Coming 3rd was an achievement.feel gutted I didn't win an im unwell right now, plz xx."
Maloney previously claimed in a Twitter rant on the night of the X Factor final that he is the victim of a "witch hunt", before branding Poole "disgraceful" and "bitter" for apparently using him "to get a headline".
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