JLS pop star JB Gill was sprayed in the face by thugs who broke into his family home in a 3am raid.
The singer-turned-farmer was attacked as he confronted raiders at the farmhouse he shares with wife Chloe and their two children.
It was not known what was in the spray.
JB, 33, was taken to hospital for treatment.
Distraught Chloe, 32, was said to have been threatened with a knife before the gang of four fled with valuables from the £1.5million home.
JB and his family were “extremely shaken” but escaped serious injury.
Security has now been beefed up at the secluded farmhouse.
Police are investigating and are believed to have informed the National Crime Agency — Britain’s FBI — amid fears of an organised crime gang targeting locals.
Yesterday, a source said: “This was a terrifying incident. JB was sprayed in the face and the gang threatened Chloe with a knife.
“He wanted to protect her and their kids but the best way to do that was to cooperate with the gang.
“Police and medics rushed to the house and JB was taken to hospital.
“Luckily, he wasn’t badly hurt and was able to leave later that day.”
JB shot to fame with four-piece JLS in 2008 when they finished runners-up on The X Factor.
They split in 2013 with an estimated £6million fortune each. A reunion was delayed by Covid.
JB moved on to farming after snapping up an 11-acre property on the outskirts of London.
He has also been one of the main presenters of the children’s TV show, Down on the Farm, alongside Storm Huntley.
JB now grows veg and breeds livestock, keeping pigs and turkeys — with Christmas customers including members of Little Mix.
Talking of his lifestyle change in a previous interview, JB said: “The pop star lifestyle is full-on. You don’t get much time off so I wanted somewhere peaceful I could escape to. Here (his farm) became the perfect place to relax and recharge.
“It’s the ideal place for them (his family) to enjoy the British countryside.”
Neighbours said there had been a spate of burglaries and car thefts in the area, which are blamed on gangs targeting wealthy residents.
Retired John Porter, 62, said: “We heard about the burglary at JB and Chloe’s.
“Another farm was robbed two weeks ago.
“They broke into the house and threatened the occupiers.”
A spokesman for JB said: “The family are all well and safe, having increased home security.”
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