ALEX Scott has revealed that horrific trolling “took her to a dark place” before therapy “saved her”.
The 36-year-old skilled footballer admitted she has grown used to criticism in her sporting profession, however on-line trolls are a wholly totally different kettle of fish.
The former Strictly star confronted vicious backlash from vile keyboard warriors and sick racists when she was introduced as A Question of Sport’s new presenter final 12 months.
And Alex has now opened up concerning the toll the nasty messages can tackle her psychological well being.
She defined: “Being an athlete, you’re used to criticism, and I might at all times take that as a footballer when it comes to: ‘I don’t suppose you had a good recreation.’ But trolling – it’s not associated to what I can enhance.
“I went from being on screen doing a job I love to thinking: ‘I know what’s going to happen as soon as I step off this chair.’”
Alex bravely added to Women’s Health: “I used to be in a actually dark place… I used to be lonely. I’d go house and it felt like I used to be all by myself. [I’d think], I’ve received nobody to speak to, nobody is aware of what I’m experiencing or going by means of.
“Until, eventually, the only thing I could do was tell everyone. That was my, ‘I can’t take it any more, I need to tell you all what I’m going through’ moment.”
Alex took the plunge and went to therapy to assist her cope, which she has known as the “most enlightening thing” she’s ever finished in her life.
The TV favorite confessed that she by no means plans to cease having common classes, including: “I love it.”
Over the summer season, Alex hit again after a peer criticised her accent through the Olympic protection, with Lord Digby Jones, a former Government minister, slamming her enunciation.
But she refused to take the jibes laying down, taking to Twitter to retort on the time: “I’m from a working class household in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I’m PROUD.
“Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit. Use your history to write your story. Keep striving, keep shining & don’t change for anyone.”
- Read the complete Alex Scott interview within the October problem of Women’s Health UK, on sale now
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