Teenage Bake Off star was trolled online because she was 'too posh'
Published 03/07/2016 | 12:30
Martha Collison, the Great British Bake Off’s youngest ever contestant, was targeted by internet trolls because she was seen as ‘too posh’, it has emerged.
Ms Collison, who was 17 years old the time, has revealed she was also criticised on social media sites for the way she looks.
It came as the programme is reportedly could move to ITV as it is at the centre of a bidding war because the BBC’s contract with Love Productions is set to expire this year.
In an interview, Ms Collison revealed her faith was a source of strength when she was being abused on social media.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, she said: “During Bake Off, my faith was a huge source of comfort and confidence, especially when I was being criticised on social media for my appearance, which was really horrible.
She added: “My faith gives me a sense of perspective.
“I am well aware there are more important things in life than baking a perfect ciabatta, and there’s nothing to be gained in reading vile abuse on social media.
“Just because I live in Ascot and speak a certain way, people thought I was posh. I’m not, as it happens, but so what if I were? Why should that matter to anyone?”
Ms Collison, who has since baked for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, also revealed that the 16-hour days in the Bake Off tent, on top of the pressure of studying for her AS levels, left her 'almost delirious'.
She came under particular pressure when Mary Berry, one of the programme’s judges, tool issue with the 'soggy bottom' of one of her tarts.
Ms Collison, who is now 19 and the author of “Twist: Creative Ideas To Reinvent Your Baking” said: “I was determined not to cry because I wanted to show that young people are resilient, but I did eventually break down.”
Her revelations emerged The Sun newspaper reported the programme is set to leave the BBC following a stalemate on negotiations over money.
A source at the BBC told the newspaper: “The last thing the BBC wants to do is let a show as big as The Great British Bake Off go, but it looks like they will have no choice.
“This is the most lucrative show Love Productions have ever made, and they have asked for a huge amount of money to keep it where it is.
“The simple fact is the BBC can’t afford it. Talks have broken down.
“They could turn it around, but at this stage it would look like little less than a miracle.”
The BBC, ITV and Love Productions have been contacted for comment.