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Holly Hagan details overcoming slut-shaming

Holly Hagan has opened up about her experience of slut-shaming and how she felt she didn’t deserve ‘respect’ during her time on MTV reality show Geordie Shore.

The media personality, 28, admitted she now knows there is ‘nothing wrong’ with having sex with people when you’re single, despite feeling differently when she was on the show after being subject to horrific trolling.

Holly said that although she values her time on the fly on the wall series for making her who she is today, she couldn’t think of ‘anything worse’ than going back into the house and having to party every night.

Honest: Holly Hagan has opened up about her experience of slut-shaming and how she felt she didn’t deserve ‘respect’ during her time on MTV reality show Geordie Shore

Answering a fan during a question and answer session, Holly told a fan who asked how she dealing with slut-shaming: ‘I just know now that there’s nothing wrong with sleeping with people you fancy whilst you’re single. 

‘I used to think I had done something so despicable and terrible and I was made to feel like I didn’t deserve to be respected. I know now that’s not true.’

Afterwards while discussing a return to the show, she insisted: ‘Never in a million years. I love the show and it made me the person who I am but I couldn’t think of anything worse than living in that house and drinking every night.

Candid: The media personality, 28, admitted she now knows there is 'nothing wrong' with having sex with people when you're single, despite feeling differently when she was on the show after being subject to horrific trolling (pictured 2011)

Candid: The media personality, 28, admitted she now knows there is ‘nothing wrong’ with having sex with people when you’re single, despite feeling differently when she was on the show after being subject to horrific trolling (pictured 2011) 

Answering a fan during a question and answer session, Holly told a fan who asked how she dealing with slut-shaming: 'I just know now that there's nothing wrong with sleeping with people you fancy whilst you're single'

Answering a fan during a question and answer session, Holly told a fan who asked how she dealing with slut-shaming: ‘I just know now that there’s nothing wrong with sleeping with people you fancy whilst you’re single’

No thanks! Holly said that although she values her time on the fly on the wall series for making her who she is today, she couldn't think of 'anything worse' than going back into the house and having to party every night

Possibility: However she did admit she and the other 'original' girls do hope they can do something to celebrate the show's tenth anniversary next year

No thanks! Holly said that although she values her time on the fly on the wall series for making her who she is today, she couldn’t think of ‘anything worse’ than going back into the house and having to party every night 

However she did admit she and the other ‘original’ girls do hope they can do something to celebrate the show’s tenth anniversary next year.

Elsewhere during the Q&A, Holly also offered a fan advice who claimed she had been told to lose more weight by other people.

Holly, who has always been candid about the affect trolling and negative comments about her appearance had on her self confidence, said: 

‘The only thing you should lose is those people from your life! Nobody should be telling you what you should or shouldn’t weigh! 

Wise words: Elsewhere during the Q&A, Holly also offered a fan advice who claimed she had been told to lose more weight by other people

Wise words: Elsewhere during the Q&A, Holly also offered a fan advice who claimed she had been told to lose more weight by other people

‘That is totally up to you how you want to look and feel! I’m so sorry they’ve made you feel like that when you’re clearly happy where you are. Your body is yours and you’re the only person who gets to decide what to do with it.’

Holly shot to fame on Geordie Shore in 2011, when she was just aged 19, and said constant comments about her appearance affected her greatly.

She detailed her battle with social media bullying on special one-off episode, Geordie Shore’s: Holly’s Story.

Her friends also sat down in front of the camera and disclosed that her anxiety got so bad, she felt ‘imprisoned in her own home’.

Troubled: Holly recently revealed she didn't leave the house for two years as she struggled to cope with anxiety due to online trolling

Troubled: Holly recently revealed she didn’t leave the house for two years as she struggled to cope with anxiety due to online trolling

She appeared on the hit reality show from the first episode in 2011 to the finale in 2016, and she was frequently s**t-shamed online and mocked for her looks.

She reflected: ‘All these people that I knew were making Facebook groups about me, were writing statuses about me, were shouting things at me in the street and from that point, I don’t think I left the house alone for about two years.’

Her pal, Tom, recalled the affect that online trolling had on Holly and their friendship, as he revealed: ‘I think the worst time was when she had anxiety about leaving the house and she felt like she was imprisoned in her own home.

‘We both didn’t drive at the time so we had to get taxis everywhere so that was another added stress and we couldn’t sort of escape quick, we didn’t have a car there.’

Her former co-star and friend, Sophie Kasaei, revealed there wasn’t much information about anxiety at the time of filming, so Holly found the best way to cope was bottling everything up and hiding at home.

She added: ‘I remember Holly, she found it really hard to deal with the trolls, especially. I didn’t even know what anxiety was then, there wasn’t really much knowledge about it and I think for Holly, she just sort of hid away from everything.’

The online backlash that she experienced from the show affected her self-esteem, as the reality star revealed last month that she struggles with body dysmorphia.


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