Nicola Roberts has spoken out about how she was bullied for her appearance during the first four years of Girls Aloud.
She was 17 when she was voted into the group on Popstars: The Rivals, but quickly became the subject of insults from internet bullies and celebrities including Chris Moyles and Lily Allen, who attacked her for her red hair and accused her of looking "ugly and miserable".
In a candid interview with The Mirror, the 'Lucky Day' singer said "I’d had red hair all my life and what was so sad was that I absolutely loved my red hair. I never had an issue with my hair, even growing up I was never bullied for it.
“It wasn’t until I was in the band that it all seemed to turn. I remember feeling ‘Gosh, the general perception of me is really not great at all.’
“I was the joker behind the scenes but on stage or in front of others, I was the quiet, miserable one. It was awful. People feel they can say nasty things and have anonymity behind the net – as they did with all the nasty comments about me – without fear of recrimination.”
Nicola also discussed how she went through a phase in the band of piling on fake tan and make-up to cover up her pale skin.
“I’m very conscious of my skin anyway as it flares up easily and even if I just eat chocolate or bad food, I get break-outs.
“But whereas the rest of the band were all tanned and looked so healthy, I was always so pale. I stuck out. I couldn’t even get changed in front of the other girls. I became obsessed with fake tan and make-up, trying to make myself look like everyone else. I became obsessive about it, to an unhealthy extent.”
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Posted By: N2thenight |
5/09/13 11:43 AM
People must be blind because I think she is so beautiful! I dont get how anyone could bully her for her looks