Leona Lewis reckons her tough, east London upbringing helped her get over being attacked at a book signing last month.
The X Factor winner claims crime and violence were part of her daily life.
She told The Sun: “I’m from Hackney, so I’m hard – I’m not going to let something like that bother me.”
“When you grow up where I did you learn to move on. There was always some kind of craziness going on in my neighbourhood.”
She added: “The boys were always fighting each other and there was loads of street crime. I know how to look after myself.”
Leona was assaulted as she signed copies of her autobiography Dreams at a Waterstones in Piccadilly, London. Peter Kowalczyk, 29, was charged with common assault and has since been sectioned.
However, the incident left Leona’s boyfriend, Hackney electrician Lou, fuming.
She said: “He was really angry about it – everyone was. It brought out his protective side.”