"I would get out of school ten minutes early so that they wouldn't beat me up..."
Not only is she the Queen of the Jungle, Scarlett Moffatt is also Queen of Sticking It To The Man. The former Gogglebox star appeared on ITV’s This Morning show to talk about her experience of childhood bullying.
She began by saying, ”When I was eleven, the first year of secondary school, I was in a bike accident and I smashed my front teeth, and then a couple of months later I got Bells palsy. So obviously I think I was a bit of an easy target because of all these problems.
“The thing that was the worst was the threats, the worry of what could happen. I would get out of school ten minutes early so that they wouldn’t beat me up, because they would threaten to. I once went out to play with someone who I thought was my friend, and it ended up being a bit of a trap, and there were six girls there. I ran away and I knocked on this old woman’s bungalow and she drove me home because I was so scared,” she told Eamonn and Ruth on the show.
It was only recently that Scarlett worked up the courage to stand up to these former bullies. “So I was in Asda, I was walking around, and I saw this girl, and I hadn’t seen her in about ten years,” she explained.
“All of a sudden, all of the feelings I’d had, of like fear, resurfaced, and I was like, ‘Why am I still scared of her?’ So I was avoiding her in aisles, and then I thought, ‘No Scarlett, stop this now, you’re better than that.’
“So I walked about, not expecting her in a million years to speak to me, and she was like, ‘Ah, Scarlett, how are you?’ And I was like, ‘I’m good, how are you?’ And she said, ‘My kids think I’m really cool because I’m friends with you.’
“I’m normally really calm but I was like, ‘We were never friends.’ She was like, ‘What do you mean?’ And I was like, ‘We were never friends. I had to move schools because of you and your girl gang, because you were just awful to me. How dare you say that.’ And I just said, ‘I hope that your kids never meet anyone who’s like you were at school.'”
Bullying affected Scarlett so much that she’s now decided to support ITV’s anti-bullying campaign, Be Kind.
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