Laura Whitmore on abusive Twitter trolls: ‘It’s very easy to say things when you’re sitting behind a screen’
Published 05/09/2015 | 15:20
Television presenter Laura Whitmore has opened up about her struggle with online bullies and said that anyone who makes comments without putting their name to them is cowardly.
“It’s very easy to say things when you’re hiding behind a screen,” she said speaking to The Irish Daily Mirror.
“You’ve got Twitter trolls who can say anything under the sun and you see it happening to lots of people and you have to realise that these are people hiding.
“I’m at an age where I’m comfortable with myself. I know who I am,” she said.
The I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! presenter revealed that she was tormented by bullies during her school days in Wicklow.
“I think I’m lucky in that when I was growing up, it was before Facebook and all that took off.
“So it was a different type of bullying I would have experienced when I was younger.
“I think every girl did.
“There’s always nasty comments or someone would say something about you,” she said.
“I do think bullying happens to all of us. It can happen to anyone.
“It can happen to you in your work place, it can happen on Twitter or Instagram but when you’re younger you’re just that little bit more vulnerable, you need to be protected.
Laura is one of the 45,000 revellers attending this year’s Electric Picnic in Stradbally but she is getting set to head down under next month to reprise her role in the jungle for TV3’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!