Vicky Pattison has cried over her regrets about early fame on Geordie Shore, talking about "sacrificing respect for attention" on the MTV reality show.
The TV and social media star first became famous when she joined the series in 2011, but left in 2014 and has since turned her career around with regular presenting work, an I'm A Celebrity win and reaching the Celebrity MasterChef final.
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Geordie Shore is known for its hard-drinking, hard-partying stars who often get intimate on camera and discuss personal details.
But speaking to Heart Radio for new digital series No Filter, she broke down in tears as she said: "I think if I went back and gave myself any advice I would predominantly give her a hug. And I would tell her that things would get better."
Pattison, 34, was just 22 when she joined the reality show and said that her attitude was very different to now.
She added: "I’m sorry….I’d say things get better, I’d advise never to sacrifice respect for attention, if I would have listened to that advice from my future self I would have made my life a lot easier, I’ll tell you that for now.
"It’s so difficult to just love yourself unconditionally. In fact we are completely conditioned not to. When we’re unhappy and we don’t like what we see, we’re like a marketers dream aren’t we. So anyone who is struggling just needs to remember that. That all those things you think you hate about yourself, they’re not there, they’re not true."
Pattison continued that she had changed as she got older: "When I first went on the show I was very young and very impressionable, and it was a whole show centred around drinking, having a good time and kissing people you probably shouldn't.
"When you're in your early twenties all of that stuff’s okay, isn’t it? It’s kind of what you’re doing.
"But as I got a little bit older, I started to desire different things and the pressure got to me and I coped with it by becoming this caricature of myself. This person I thought everyone wanted me to be, like very loud and opinionated and sassy and strong, and actually nobody is like that all the time and it was really draining."
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