Roz Purcell reveals hate message hell over Tipperary accent after Late Late appearance
Published 14/03/2014 | 11:41
Top model Roz Purcell has opened up about the online abuse she suffered after her appearance on the Late Late Show.
The model received a stream of criticism for mumbling her words, with many viewers saying they could not understand her accent.
''Well it happens after most appearances, if you go on TV or radio, like you do get a little bit of abuse on Twitter or any other social media,'' she told Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ 2fm.
''I'm not the type of person who would go looking for negative comments but Twitter is quite a direct thing so it's hard not to see them,'' she said.
Roz insisted that she may have stumbled some of her words because she was nervous appearing on live TV.
''I was getting a lot of backlash about my accent, that they couldn't understand me and that was kind of the main thing.
''Some people were saying that I was quite boring but I'm proud that I'm quite grannyish for my age so I didn't really mind that,'' she added.
The Tipperary native said she was not the ''stereotypical model'' because she doesn't have the party girl image.
''I'm not into that at all so I take it as a compliment more than anything,'' she insisted.
One Twitter user tweeted, ''Am I the only one who finds Rosanna Purcell so hard to understand #LateLateShow.''
''That person has said that, they're sitting behind a computer, they'd never say that to your face and it's from their own insecurities.
''They feel like they're sitting at home doing nothing and they just bad mouth someone and it's kind of unfair,'' she said.
The model believes young people are not cautious enough when posting ideas and thoughts online.
''I don't think a lot of people understand, especially young people, once you put something on the internet it's a record forever,'' she said.
Roz said she was criticised for ''mumbling'' and ''not being perfectly eloquent'' because she was nervous.
''I think the great thing about Twitter is that you can voice your opinions but you have to double think that these are normal people that you're writing about and if you do mention them, they will see it,'' she said.
The former Miss Universe Ireland is currently in training for an Ironman triathlon, set to take place in Austria in May.
''I've been stuck in the gym for like three months now.
''Now that the weather is okay you can't stop me from going outside,'' she added.
The 23-year-old model is currently dating The Voice of Ireland coach Bressie.