AN EX beauty queen said she was terrified after bumping into her stalker in Tesco when she thought he was still in jail.
Chloe Hopkins, 28, felt “physically sick” and was shaking and crying when she bumped into the man who had hounded her.
The singer was harassed and stalked from the age of 18 by Anthony James Mantova – and she had no idea he’d been released from prison when she saw him in a supermarket.
Now in his 40s, Mantova was jailed three times for obsessing over the former beauty queen.
He had her name tattooed on his chest and even wore a T-shirt with her face embellished across it.
The stalker also bombarded the young woman with sexual messages.
Mantova suggested the former Miss Prestatyn’s tiara and sash “would look good” on his bedroom floor.
He was jailed for the final time in 2016 – but the former beauty queen has recalled the moment she came face to face with her stalker, when she thought he was in prison.
Chloe told Wales Online: “The second time he came out of prison I went into my local Tesco, minding my own business.
“I walked around a corner into the milk aisle and, boom, I saw him there – it was a massive shock.
“You feel physically sick, you start crying, you start shaking, you can’t move, you’re frozen.
“It’s frightening because you’ve not been told they’ve come out. It’s difficult to explain but you need to be told so you can be prepared for it.”
She added: “We need that support of being told when they are coming out and where they’re going to be so we can mentally prepare ourselves in case we bump into them – it’s a horrible fright.”
Chloe has opened up about the mental toll of being stalked.
She said: “It’s not just about physically hurting someone – they get inside your head,
“It’s all the mental games and torture they put you through – making out you’ve done something wrong when actually you haven’t.
“The manipulation and head games are not nice – it’s horrible. These perpetrators are very clever.”
Chloe has recently spoken up to get women who may be experiencing and enduring similar things to her to get help.
The 28-year-old is also an ambassador for the National Stalking Helpline and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.
She added: “If anyone is going through this situation speak up.
“Speak up fast, speak up now. Whether it’s to your neighbour, your postman, your friend, your family – anyone.
“Get a diary and note every single piece of evidence and action down from the person who’s stalking or harassing you – whether it’s letters through the post or messages.
“My problem was, because I was naive and young at the time when it started, all the stuff he sent to me I binned because I couldn’t stand it – it was worrying me and frightening me.
“I’m not as naive as I was 10 years ago when I was 18.
“Little signs and little signals, things that aren’t typical human behaviour, you become more aware of – you’re more awake.
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“As you get older you notice the early warning signs earlier. If I’d kept most of the stuff I had been given it probably would have made it a lot stronger case earlier. I was 18 – thinking I was an adult, thinking I knew what was best.
“As soon as you can go to the police with your evidence.”
This comes as North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones has revealed reports of harassment and stalking had risen 30 per cent during lockdown.