Vicky Pattison opens up on ‘horrific’ experience with trolls in wake of Caroline Flack’s tragic death
Vicky Pattison has opened up on her "horrific" experience with online abuse in the wake of Caroline Flack's tragic death.
The 32 year old, who recently revealed the genius sleep hack that's stopped her bedtime arguments with her boyfriend, explained that she's had to deal with her fair share of trolls over the years.
The former Geordie Shore star said: "Trolling is a really horrific part of my job that I have to deal with. I can't believe in the current climate in the insensitivity of [trolls], it's incredibly unbelievable."
But the reality star hasn't had to deal with the negative comments on her own as she's had a good support system around her to keep from from getting "sucked into social media".
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She said: "I'm happy that I have my friends, my sister, my boyfriend, my agent to help me, but I was speaking to my personal trainer the other day and he said that I can't keep replying to the comments.
"He said he was so frustrated for me as people still criticise you when you try and do positive things," she told the Mail Online.
Vicky confessed she struggles with anxiety, but working out is one of the ways she deals with "the pressure we're all in as women".
The Ex On the Beach star credits exercise for her wellbeing as she said: "I'm less stressed and feel like I can deal with whatever life throws at me.
"Anything from going on a walk to a Zumba class with your mate – I urge people to do something active as it's really helped me deal with my anxiety."
For the moment though, Vicky has decided to step back from social media to spend a little quality time with her beau Ercan Ramadan, 36, and battle her "unhealthy relationship with social media".
She said: "For the next couple of days, I'll have a reset. Stepping away from the platform won't be such a bad idea as I can spend time on my boyfriend, our relationship and just for my own sanity."
"You can sucked into social media – there's highs and lows, and we've recently seen the dark side of it," she said, referring to Caroline, 40, who was found dead in her London apartment on 15 February.
She added: "I just have to look after myself."
Vicky told her 4.6 million followers about her plan to take a break from social media over the weekend, saying: "I won’t be gone long- just enough time to reset and get some perspective." [sic]
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And fans supported her decision as one person commented: "Good for you! hope you have a lovely time."
Another wrote: "Good for you! I think we all need time away from social media, it can take over your life… or become something that gets too much in the way of being on social media a lot of the time. Enjoy and have a great time xx". [sic]
While a third added: "I think you are doing the right thing x have some time for you and practice some self care sending love". [sic]
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