Penny Lancaster thinks being bullied at school helped give her more confidence as an adult.
The 49-year-old star was the target of physical and mental abuse for five years at secondary school because of her height, the way she dressed and the way she spoke, and though she wishes she hadn’t been subjected to the ordeal, she believes it’s helped her stand up for herself and ignore online trolls.
She said: “I was one of the lucky ones, I managed to come out the other side.
“I would rather have not gone through half of what I went through but it did give me the tools to deal with situations as an adult and the confidence to stand up to people, because you think, ‘I’m just not allowing that to happen.’
“I tend to ignore bullies on social media and not give them fuel and I believe in smiling in the face of ignorance, being bigger and better than them, and rising above it.”
The ‘Loose Women’ star – who has sons Alistair, 14, and Aiden, nine, with husband Sir…