'People have said really, really nasty things about me' - Kathryn Thomas on the difficulty of a career in the spotlight
Kathryn Thomas said she does not believe she would have had the same success in her career if she was just starting out in the media in 2017.
The Operation Transformation presenter (38) said those in the public eye are under much more scrutiny and judgement because of social media and said she wonders whether her younger self would have been able to handle it.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Star's Chic magazine, Kathryn said: "I've read really, really lovely things about myself, but I've also read really, really nasty things. I've been on TV since I was 19, I was running around on No Frontiers with no hair and make-up, in fact a lot of the time it was no shower too, I was just making do out of my backpack.
"I didn't have the pressure of people judging me on social media and I sometimes wonder now if I was starting out, would I have the career I have now that I did then?
"People are much more judgemental now and it never stops. Would I have let that bypass me, or would I have let it get to me?"
The RTE star admitted that she's grown a tough skin with age, and said she isn't fazed by nasty comments she reads online.
"Now I'm at an age where I really don't give a s**t what people say about me, especially when they're making nasty remarks about my appearance.
"If people want to criticise how I do my job, I'll take that on board. But writing anything about my appearance that's just keyboard warriors and I honestly don't care what they think - I'm too old," she said.