Rylan Clark-Neal has candidly admitted he will ‘never be fully happy’ with the way he looks after being bullied as a child.
The TV presenter, 32, has previously discussed being taunted as a teenager, with him revealing he was branded ‘gay, fat and ginger’ and even attacked.
In a new interview with The Sun, Rylan explained he has ‘always struggled’ with his appearance and has accepted that he’ll never be completely satisfied.
Candid: Rylan Clark-Neal has admitted he will ‘never be fully happy’ with the way he looks after being bullied as a child (pictured in March 2019)
Rylan said: ‘I always struggled with how I looked.. At school I was the little fat ginger kid and used to get picked on. I was quite camp, so the gay thing played its part.
‘I’m quite an insecure person. I’ll never be fully happy with the way I look, but I’m happy I know that, if that makes sense?
‘But if someone wants to change something about their appearance, I’m not judging anyone – and no one else should.’
Reflecting on the cosmetic work he’s had done in the past, Rylan, who was speaking ahead of the launch of Soap & Glory’s new capsule podcast GLOW & GO, said ‘we all have regrets’ and admitted he did sometimes take the botox and fillers ‘too far’.
He said: ‘I always struggled with how I looked.. At school I was the little fat ginger kid and used to get picked on. I was quite camp, so the gay thing played its part’ (pictured as a teenager)
He also admitted that although he would like to stop some beauty upkeep, such as colouring his locks, he’s now got a recognisable public image to maintain.
Rylan explained his confidence can be lifted by wearing a little bit of makeup and maintaining his skincare routine.
The former Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and Strictly It Takes Two host previously discussed being bullied during his childhood in 2019.
He revealed he was bullied for being ‘gay, fat and ginger’ during his teenage years.
In an interview with The Sun, the star recalled a terrifying incident where he fractured his skull as a result of a brutal attack at the tender age of 13.
The TV personality credited his difficult younger years on developing a thick skin, which in turn has fuelled his success in the TV industry.
He said: ‘I was probably about 13 or 14… I got pulled from a rope swing and some boy kicked me in the head and fractured my skull. It was a horrible time.’
The TV star, who is married to former police officer Dan Neal, credited his tough childhood for developing a thick skin, and admitted he thrives off criticism.
He explained: ‘I just got to a point where I thought “f***k off”, if anyone said anything to me I’d give it to them straight back.’
Moving forward: Rylan said that although he’ll never be completely satisfied with his looks, he’s ‘happy I know that’ (pictured in March 2019)
Rylan went on to confess there is ‘nothing better’ than his critics realising he’s ‘actually all right’ after ‘slating’ him.
It comes after Rylan credited Katya Jones and Nicola Adams for ‘normalising’ Strictly same sex couples and predicted it will happen every year.
He told MailOnline he ‘doesn’t care about sex or orientation’ and viewers who feel otherwise can always ‘turn over.’
In an exclusive interview, the TV presenter said he’s ‘sure it won’t be the last time’ Strictly welcomes a same sex partnership on the show – after Katya and Nicola were ruled out of the 2020 competition when the pro dancer caught coronavirus.
Rylan told MailOnline: ‘When it comes down to same sex pairings obviously I get that it was a massive thing for Strictly and that it had never been done before.
‘It was gutting – same sex or not – for a couple to leave the competition because of what’s happened but I actually like the fact I forget that Nicola and Katya are a same sex couple. It’s Katya and Nicola.
‘It doesn’t need to be made a big deal out of, in the nicest possible way. I am saying that as someone who is in a same sex couple. I like the fact it was a big story for five minutes and that’s it.
‘Next year, if there’s two women, two men, a man and a goat – I don’t care! I just love seeing the couples together and it’s all about what happens on a Saturday night. I don’t care about sex or orientation when it comes down to the couplings.’
His say: It comes after Rylan credited Katya Jones and Nicola Adams for ‘normalising’ Strictly same sex couples and predicted it will happen every year