Scarlett Moffatt has admitted she felt like she ‘just wanted to disappear’ as she faced horrific bullying from her classmates.
The former Gogglebox star, 30, claimed her school did not deal with her ordeal in the right way after months of being tormented by fellow pupils.
Speaking out on her ordeal to The Mirror, Scarlett said: ‘I would get out of school ten minutes early so that they wouldn’t beat me up because they would threaten to.
Tormented: Scarlett Moffatt, 30, has admitted she felt like she ‘just wanted to disappear’ as she faced horrific bullying from her classmates
‘I once went out to play with someone who I thought was my friend and it ended up being a bit of a trap, and there were six girls.’
Scarlett explained that she tried to hide the situation from her parents because she didn’t want to worry them, and one day was forced to knock on a stranger’s front door in a bid to find a safe haven from her tormentors.
She said: ‘I ran away and I knocked on this old woman’s bungalow and she drove me home because I was so scared.’
Scarlett – who revealed she would walk around an Asda car park to kill time so her parents wouldn’t suspect anything was wrong – is now calling for both pupils and teaches to be educated when it comes to bullying and how to handle it properly.
Tough time: The former Gogglebox star has said she was bullied from the age of 11 when she first started secondary school and chose not to tell her parents about her ordeal
Heartbreaking: Scarlett admits she would leave school early and walk around an Asda car park to avoid being beaten up by bullies
In her experience, Scarlett claims that her teachers ‘didn’t know what to do’ and put her in ‘isolation’ in school in a bid to separate her from her bullies, but she says that only made her feel more alone.
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner says she called The Samaritans around twenty times when she was at her lowest.
Now, she is hoping to help others by speaking out about the bullying she experienced and wants to reassure those in a similar situation that they are not alone.
‘There is always someone out there that cares, no one wants you to be feeling that way,’ she added.
The Saturday Night Takeaway star eventually changed schools after she broke down and told her father what was happening.
Scarlett has previously spoken candidly of being bullied when she was younger, where she revealed she was picked on by other kids because of her teeth.
Insecurity: The reality star says she was picked on because of her teeth after smashing her two front teeth in a bike accident
Opening up on social media after having her teeth done, Scarlett admitted they had always been an insecurity of hers.
‘So this is the story of little Scarlett. So as a kid, school wasn’t really easy. ‘One of the big things I used to get picked on was my teeth because I was in a bike accident when I was little and smashed my two front teeth,’ she revealed.
‘This unfortunately carried on into adulthood, being in the public eye sometimes isn’t fun.’
She added: ‘Bullies are like sandpaper the more they wear you down the more polished you become. I have done this for me, not them and now thanks to @queenswaysmiles & @queenswaylab I don’t think I’ll ever stop smiling.’
Scarlett also spoke of the time she confronted a girl who used to bully her at school, after bumping into her at the supermarket.
Taking a stand: Scarlett once confronted one of her bullies after bumping into them in a supermarket and said how ‘awfully’ they had treated her at school
During an appearance on This Morning in 2017, Scarlett revealed: ‘So I was in Asda, I was walking around, and I saw this girl, and I hadn’t seen her in about 10 years, and all of a sudden, all of the feelings I’d had of like fear resurfaced, and I was like, “Why am I still scared of her?”
‘So I was avoiding her in aisles, and then I thought, “No Scarlett, stop this now, you’re better than that.”
‘So I walked about, not expecting her in a million years to speak to me, and she was like, “Ah, Scarlett, how are you?” And I was like, “I’m good, how are you?”
‘And she said, “My kids think I’m really cool because I’m friends with you.” And as soon as she said the ‘f’ word, the friend word, I’m normally really calm but I was like, “We were never friends.”‘
Scarlett continued: ‘I was like, “We were never friends. I had to move schools because of you and your girl gang, because you were just awful to me. How dare you say that.” And I just said, “I hope that your kids never meet anyone who’s like you were at school.”
‘And then I sort of had a mic drop moment, where I dropped my basket and walked out.’
Speaking up: Scarlett is encouraging those in similar situations to speak up about being bullied, while calling for pupils and teachers to be educated about how to handle bullying
Difficult: Scarlett claims her teachers ‘didn’t know what to do’ and put her in ‘isolation’ to keep her away from school bullies, but it made her feel more alone
Scarlett, who was bullied from the age of 11 when she first started secondary school, also spoke about why she chose not to tell her parents what was going on and how she would pretend to be ill so she didn’t have to into school and face her tormentors.
‘I didn’t want my mam and dad to think that of me. I think, after a while, I would sort of plant a seed on a Sunday that I was feeling poorly,’ she admitted.
‘And then I’d be like, “Oh, I feel really ill today.” And I think then…my mam and dad were like, “What’s wrong?”
‘And I didn’t tell them for like a couple of years. I did play it down a lot. I think they would worry that I didn’t have anyone to play out with and things like that.’
Urging others who are being bullied to speak up, Scarlett added: ‘Just tell somebody, because as soon as I told my mum and dad, then it was a relief and then we could get something sorted.’
‘I just really want kids to be kind to each other, because it’s awful,’ she confessed, as she pointed out how social media has only escalated bullying.
‘My little sister’s only 11, so obviously I see how things have changed compared to when I was a kid,’ she said at the time.
Advice: Scarlett was recently seen encouraging fans to ‘not let your mind bully your body’ as she shared a picture of herself in a swimsuit to Instagram
Incredible: It comes after Scarlett recently spoke out as she felt comfortable enough to wear a bikini for the first time in five years
Perfect! The Gogglebox star penned an empowering message which she posted alongside, in a bid to promote body confidence amongst her followers
‘Because now obviously there’s social media, so it wasn’t really that much about when I was little so at least I could escape it when I got home. But now for kids, obviously they go home and it’s still there as well.’
Nowadays, Scarlett tries to promote self-love and good mental health on social media, recently encouraging fans to ‘not let your mind bully your body’ as she shared a picture of herself in a swimsuit to Instagram.
In the snap, the star could be seen jumping into the sea as she went snorkelling on holiday last month.
She wrote: ‘Don’t let your mind bully your body. Don’t ever worry so much about your physical appearance that you let it stop you doing something you love or from having fun or from seeing friends or family or trying to find love.
‘Don’t think aww I’ll do that once I look a certain way. Because YOU my friend are bl**dy PERFECT just as you are RIGHT NOW.’
For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123, or go to samaritans.org
Speaking from experience: Scarlett makes sure to promote self-love and good mental health on her social media pages