Published On: Thu, May 13th, 2021

Scarlett Moffatt was comforted Caroline Flack after being trolled while on Love Island: Aftersun

Scarlett Moffatt has revealed she was comforted by Caroline Flack after vile trolls attacked her looks when she appeared on an episode of Love Island: Aftersun.

The TV presenter, 30, recalled how she decided to wear a revealing dress to go on the spin-off show and the social media abuse afterwards led to ‘one of the worst months of [her] life’.

Writing for metro.co.uk, Scarlett admitted she vowed never to eat again and threw out the dress she wore after receiving the horrific messages. 

Cruel: Scarlett Moffatt has revealed she was comforted by Caroline Flack after vile trolls attacked her looks when she appeared on an episode of Love Island: Aftersun

She wrote: ‘When I was asked to go on I remember thinking that if ever there was a show where I can wear something that shows a bit of cleavage, it’s Love Island. 

‘After all, it was a programme where women weren’t penalised for showing a bit of flesh, it was actually encouraged. But of course I soon discovered that you’re not allowed to show cleavage if you’re fat.

‘If you’re not a certain size, you shouldn’t show skin because it ‘offends’ people, which is ridiculous. I remember feeling really happy and taking loads of selfies beforehand and Iain Stirling coming in and saying: ‘Go on girl, you look great.’ Same as Caroline Flack, so I remember feeling really good about myself.’

Scarlett was horrified to see vicious abuse from trolls about her weight after her appearance on the show.

Friends: Scarlett admitted she vowed never to eat again and threw out the dress she wore on the show after receiving the horrific messages (pictured with Caroline Flack in 2017)

Friends: Scarlett admitted she vowed never to eat again and threw out the dress she wore on the show after receiving the horrific messages (pictured with Caroline Flack in 2017) 

Her parents called her to check if she was alright, with the Gogglebox star admitting she didn’t want to get her flight back home from Palma Nova in Mallorca.

Scarlett recalled how she cried in the company of the late Caroline Flack, who told her to ignore the heartless trolls.

The media personality said she grabbed her skin and wanted to rip the fat off her body, vowing to never eat again.

Scarlett also revealed she considered quitting TV and trying to find a different career as the trolls made her feel like she couldn’t do the job.

Hurtful: Scarlett recalled how she decided to wear a revealing dress to go on the spin-off show and the social media abuse afterwards led to 'one of the worst months of [her] life'

Hurtful: Scarlett recalled how she decided to wear a revealing dress to go on the spin-off show and the social media abuse afterwards led to ‘one of the worst months of [her] life’

The star told how she reached out to the Samaritans who became a ‘big helpline’ for her following the abuse. 

Scarlett said she now does social media detoxes and positive affirmations, adding she has learned not to seek validation from anyone other than herself. 

It comes after Scarlett discussed internet trolling further during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine.

Detailing how her I’m A Celebrity win catapulted her career, but opened her up extreme trolling she said: ‘I got really badly trolled about my nose, saying “You’ve gone too far with the surgery, rhinoplasty expert says she’s gone to far…” and this is just the nose I was born with. 

‘Because I was bullied when I was younger, I did suffer with self-esteem issues anyway but my nose was something I always loved about myself. 

Nasty: Scarlett was horrified to see vicious abuse from trolls about her weight after her appearance on the show

Nasty: Scarlett was horrified to see vicious abuse from trolls about her weight after her appearance on the show

‘And because then all of a sudden I had this new thing to hate about myself because everyone was telling me it was awful.’ 

Scarlett went on to detail how she began to think she would need surgery to make her nose bigger, just to please the trolls.

She told Lorraine: ‘I remember I was meant to film something, I sat and googled all day to see if I could get surgery to make my nose bigger because I just felt as if… I just felt as if my personality was being attacked, my looks were being attacked.

‘It just felt like a lot of pressure.’

Scarlett said she began to feel scared to leave the comfort of her home for fear of facing scrutiny if she stepped outside the door, and pretended to her family and friends she was working away.

She said: ‘I wasn’t, for the whole week I was just in bed.

Candid: Scarlett  spoke out about how she called the Samaritans for help during one of the lowest points of her life ahe appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday

Candid: Scarlett spoke about how she called the Samaritans for help during one of the lowest points of her life as she appeared on Lorraine on Tuesday

‘I remember thinking “I don’t want to speak to my mum and dad because then they’ll worry and I don’t want to be a burden, my friends are so proud and think I’m living the dream”.

‘So I was just so sad Lorraine. I dialled Samaritans a few times and hung up quickly, because I was like, “What will I say?”

‘And then I’m so pleased that from somewhere I got the strength to call Samaritans because that little voice on the other side of the line, was like a little voice of hope.’

The Gogglebox star said she gave the fake name ‘Charlotte Muffin’ and felt her troubles melt away as she spoke about her problems.

Sad: Scarlett said after she won I'm A Celebrity in 2016, the trolling became incessant and the constant taunts about her looks and personality made her feel depressed

Sad: Scarlett said after she won I’m A Celebrity in 2016, the trolling became incessant and the constant taunts about her looks and personality made her feel depressed 

Scarlett, who is now an ambassador for Samaritans, said: ‘I could just rant about how I was feeling, and I called them again the next day.

‘From there I got the courage to speak to my family and then a GP. Now, I really hope that people can see you can go full circle.’

The television personality said she now sends the number for Samaritans to trolls because: ‘I think a lot of the time they just need a hug as well, they’re obviously not feeling OK’.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. 

Tough: Scarlett said she felt 'for a long time' she couldn't speak out over fears people would criticise her because she 'had everything that she dreamed out'

Tough: Scarlett said she felt ‘for a long time’ she couldn’t speak out over fears people would criticise her because she ‘had everything that she dreamed out’

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