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Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Hope I don't find you' - Keith hits out over fake online profile

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Keith Duffy,Lisa Duffy with kids Mia Duffy and Jay Duffy pictured at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball at The Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry in aid of Irish Autism Action and Saplings School Rathfarnham
Keith Duffy,Lisa Duffy with kids Mia Duffy and Jay Duffy pictured at Keith Duffy's Masquerade Ball at The Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry in aid of Irish Autism Action and Saplings School Rathfarnham

KEITH Duffy has hit out at a Facebook user pretending to be him who wrote online about his teenage children.

The Boyzone star has asked people to block and report the social media page.

He warned the person behind the site "whoever is pretending to be me, hope I don't find out who you are".

The singer-turned-actor took to his Twitter account to say that he doesn't use the other social media site and that he doesn't write about his daughter.

Bizarrely, many of the recent posts on the site discuss Duffy's 15-year old daughter Mia, who has autism.

The poser has asked people for advice on calming children down when they have a tantrum and has also talked about how Mia found being out of a school routine difficult recently.

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In March, the fake Facebook user wrote "just want to say happy birthday to my little princess Mia happy 15th birthday I'm so proud of you lots of love from all your family."

On another occasion a post was uploaded discussing what a proud dad he was of both his children and commented that Mia had "come so far since her diagnosis".

Other people in Keith's life have also been subject to personal posts about them.

The account saw a Facebook message wishing the late Stephen Gately a happy belated birthday last month and the user also expressed sadness at the death of "friend" Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre in Coronation Street.

"This is not me, it's some weirdo please report - block page," he wrote online last night to clear up the matter.

Mia was diagnosed with autism when she was 18 months old and her dad has been a keen campaigner, raising awareness about autism ever since.

The Dubliner also has a son, Jay (18), with his wife, Lisa.

For 10 years, the dad-of-two was the Patron of Irish Autism Action (IAA) for whom he raised some €8m in charity fundraising.

Before he stepped down earlier this year he had helped the charity secure corporate sponsors such as 02 and also hosted an annual Masquerade ball and 5km cycle to raise funds for the organisation.

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