Strictly Come Dancing star Alex Scott has revealed that severe online trolling led her to seek therapy over the last year.
Partnered with pro Neil Jones during the 2019 series, the 35-year-old finished in fifth place after getting eliminated during Week 11.
Yet outside of the limelight, the poisonous atmosphere on social media proved too much for the former footballer, who had to deal with all kinds of hateful comments.
Speaking at a special International Women's Day event, Alex explained (via The Sun): "The past year has been really hard in terms of trolling. It led me to go and seek therapy, to speak about it. And it's the best thing I've ever done.
"I would say I'm still on a journey. I'm still in therapy so I'm still learning how to communicate with my emotions more."
The abuse Alex received began during her time on Strictly, but at first, she just tried to ignore it.
"It's easy for people to say, 'Well why don't you come off social media? Why don't you not react to them? Why don't you tell your family and friends?'
"But I didn't want to tell my family and friends because I didn't want to put that pressure on them, I didn't want them to worry."
Alex also admitted that she loves "interacting with people" and therefore questioned why she should have to leave social media in order to live a peaceful life, adding: "But it got to a point where it was too hard for me."
Stay strong, Alex.
Strictly Come Dancing will return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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