Carol Vorderman admits she has a 'superpower' after enduring years of abuse

Former Countdown host says she has learned to ignore the hate she receives aimed at all aspects of her life

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Carol Vorderman attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2022 at Grosvenor House on October 24, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)
Carol Vorderman says years of abuse have given her a 'superpower'. (Getty Images)

Carol Vorderman has admitted she has a "superpower" after facing years of torment in her life.

The former Countdown star confessed that she has found herself in a position of power after "being slagged off for 40 years" and as a result finds it easy to deflect any personal criticism aimed at her.

Vorderman, 62, opened up about her past struggles after she was recently praised for her "rebirth" as an "anti-corruption firebrand."

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Talking to You magazine she said: "When you've had false headlines written about you, helicopters over your house, your kids followed by paparazzi, and every part of your life - my body, my face, my hair, my sweaty armpits, my cellulite - has had abuse flung at it over a very long period of time, one of two things happens - you either go under, which I will never do. Or it gives you a superpower."

Vorderman also stressed that her motives in speaking out aren't political and she is more interested in right or wrong as she "lives without apology."

ESHER, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Carol Vorderman attends the races at Sandown Park Racecourse on March 07, 2023 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Vorderman says she lives her life unapologetically. (Getty Images)

She added: "You think, 'Well, you (her critics) haven't got anything more in your bloody locker, have you?' I've got nothing to apologise for so I live without apology. And where I feel a sense of right or wrong - as opposed to right or left - I call it out."

Vorderman made headlines recently when she clashed with Women's Health Minister Maria Caulfield over menopausal workers.

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The popular TV personality also launched a scathing critique of her former friend Baroness Mone when it was alleged that she had profited from PPE contracts she lobbied for during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vorderman will be hitting screens later this month as part of the all-star I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! line-up.

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She was joined by a string of big-name fellow former contestants and winners of the hit ITV series in South Africa for the special run of episodes which completed filming late last year.

Earlier this week she discussed the show telling Lorraine Kelly: “There are a lot of head-to-head trials and things like that. But it is brutal.”