Leona thanks fans at Hackney homecoming gig

X Factor winner Leona Lewis has thanked fans for their support at a homecoming gig – just weeks after being attacked at a book signing.

The 24-year-old thanked fans for their support at her first ever solo concert.

Leona, who won the The X Factor in 2006, returned to the stage of the Hackney Empire where she first performed as a teenager.

She told the crowd: “I just want to say thank you so much for coming to support me.

“The first time I ever performed here I was 13 so it seemed fitting for me to come back here.”

The Bleeding Love star appeared on stage in a black cape and hood with giant images of herself projected on to a see-through screen at the front of the stage surrounded by half naked dancers.

She changed into a purple mini dress and leggings to sing her hit single Bleeding Love and told the cheering fans: “Thank you so much for supporting that song. That song has allowed me to travel and do so much. Thank you.”

She sang tracks from her new album Echo – Brave and I Got You as well as hits Happy and Better In Time and the classic The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

She finished the ballad-heavy set with her version of Snow Patrol’s Run, which earned her a standing ovation from the crowd.

In October Leona was left shaken after being punched while signing copies of her new book at Waterstones in central London.