It’s safe to say he has confounded his critics and has established himself as one of the BBC’s most versatile presenters, having fronted coverage from the Beijing Olympics to the royal wedding.
At 6ft 3in and boyishly handsome, you’d assume confidence has never been in short supply, but at school he was subjected to horrific bullying that left him unable to sleep and often in tears.
“People always assume the weak and the useless get bullied and I am perfectly happy to talk about how I was bullied so badly I had to change schools. It was a horrible time,” he recalls.
“When I started at high school I just didn’t fit in. The teacher even said I was too sensitive for my age.
"I remember one time at Scouts, I was put in a five-man tent canvas bag and they sealed the top up. I remember the Scoutmaster opening it up and saying, ‘No more bullying Jake nights’.
“You just don’t know which way to turn, it was so difficult.
“At school it was worse because I told my parents and they went in to see the head of year.
"Things have changed, because they would never do it these days, but in the assembly the headmaster said, ‘Can Jake Humphrey please stand up?’ and then he announced to the school, ‘Jake is being bullied. Can you please stop it?’
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God, can you please stick a sign on my head saying bully me please?’ It was awful.
“I don’t know why they targeted me but after two years I had to move schools and it stopped.”
“But being bullied helps me with the job as its given me empathy with what people have achieved and I try to use human emotion to tell that story to people at home.
“I had two tough years, probably the two worst years of my life, but maybe in the long run it has toughened me up and made me realise that, at that age, the world isn’t all lovely.”
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Posted By: Toggle |
4/08/13 1:04 PM
Wow his childhood photo looks wildly close to my friend peter that I grew up with. Thats heart breaking to hear how badly kids can be bullied in life.
Posted By: UnMe2gether |
4/09/13 3:04 PM
The scout leader should have dont a little better job of protecting him.Scouts are about being with your friends and learning about skills that can help you achieve more in life not getting harrassed and bullied.Judging on the recent news of the scouts I think that there should be a major investigation on how the boy scouts handle bullying and expose it to the public