Thursday 20 September 2018

'I cried when I read trolls' negative comments ... nobody deserves to get such negativity' - DWTS star Erin McGregor

Erin McGregor and Ryan McShane, during the Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: kobpix
Erin McGregor and Ryan McShane, during the Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: kobpix
Erin McGregor and Ryan McShane, during the Live show of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: kobpix
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Dancing With The Stars contestant Erin McGregor said she was subjected to so much online abuse that it “almost broke me”.

While the fitness instructor (36) stopped short of describing it as bullying, she admitted she came in for a seriously hard time on social media and, at times, it did affect her confidence.    

“I’m a grown woman and I thought at moments ‘this is going to break me’,” said the sister of MMF star Conor.

However, she decided to take a stand on International Women’s Day on Thursday and hit back at the internet trolls in an Instagram post.

She said she felt sorry for anyone who felt compelled to direct so much negativity at someone they had never even met.

“I rarely rise to it, but today being the day that it is, I say thank you for helping me find my inner strength,” she said. “I’m very sorry that someone feels the need to say something like that.

“I’m going to have a bit of empathy towards people who say negative things. I have tried to see things like that and put a positive spin on it.

“I’m effectively just doing a job, putting myself out there on live TV week after week and nobody deserves to get such negativity just for doing their job.”

She said she would love to start working with young people after the show and start campaigning about the harmful effects of social media.

And she said she can’t believe she has remained in the competition until the final stages and it would be the “icing on the cake” to reach the final.

“I’m in a great head space this week. I had stressed out for so many weeks but I’ve dusted myself off after and I’m just going to have fun and enjoy myself,” she said.

She said being in the show had actually helped her confidence as she has faced down her fears and overcome a lot of her anxiety.

“I don’t even think words could describe it. I went from being this girl who stood backstage the first night, thinking the nerves wouldn’t allow her to do it and crying when she read negative comments, to week 10 of the contest.

I’m happy in my own skin and I’m proud of myself for staying true to myself,” she said.

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