Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt rang Samaritans when ‘things got really bad’

Scarlett Moffatt has opened up about “the darkest place” in her life after being trolled on social media following her appearance on Gogglebox.

The tele favourite, 30, frequently turned to the support of Samaritans after feeling “completely alone” due to the abuse she received.

After shooting to fame on the Channel 4 show which saw Scarlett and her parents air their opinions of tv shows, she went on to win the 16th season of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

However, in a candid chat with Grazia, the northern beauty spills all about how it hasn’t been an easy ride for her despite appearing happy on the outside.

She revealed that she was called “ugly, stupid and fat” online after she appeared on television.

Scarlett went on to say: “Before I went on Gogglebox, I could never have imagined how hard it is for women in the public eye.

“I thought celebrities lived in a different world, I took everything the tabloids printed as gospel, and I barely even used social media.”

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Adding: “But, in 2017, three years after I'd been catapulted into the public eye, I was in the darkest place of my life, feeling completely alone and often ringing Samaritans when things got really bad.”

After joining Twitter in 2014 to chat with fans about her various television appearances, Scarlett added that the messages of abuse were never-ending.

“Immediately, I started getting really horrible messages about how ugly, fat and stupid I was.

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“The more popular I was getting on TV and in the press, the more unpopular I was getting on social media.”

Continuing: “I was being trolled way more, with people attacking the way I look, speak, dress – you name it.

“I remember after the second episode of Saturday Night Takeaway aired, there were thousands of comments about how bad my teeth were.

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"That got to me most because I was so insecure about my teeth as a child.”

After releasing a fitness DVD the social media trolling didn’t stop, as she was branded “too thin” and being told she was a “bad role model”.

“I understand now why people wouldn't want me to promote weight loss, but at the time it just felt like a wave of cruelty from every angle.”

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This was the turning point for Scarlett and her life soon “spiralled out of control”.

She added: “When it was really bad, I would ring the Samaritans, give a fake name and rant for 15 minutes.

"Talking to someone who didn't know me or judge me helped.

“Eventually, I broke down in front of my mum and told her how I was feeling. I ended up seeing a therapist for a year.”

Her full chat with Grazia is available now.

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