Charlene White has revealed that her experience with cruel body-shaming trolls left her feeling ‘disgusting’.
While she insisted she is ‘comfortable in her skin’, the 42-year-old broadcaster explained that when she was just starting out at ITV she received an email commenting on her weight.
Heartbreaking: Charlene White has revealed that her experience with cruel body-shaming trolls left her feeling ‘disgusting’ (pictured earlier this month)
Charlene told Top Sante magazine: ‘The email said, “You can’t fail to notice that you’re bigger than other news presenters. It’s something that you need to deal with. It’s unacceptable that you are the size you are.”
‘I was so upset and it made me compare myself to other people, which, of course, is very unhealthy, but I couldn’t help but look at myself and think, “I’m disgusting.”
‘With age and confidence, I’ve learned to tolerate communication such as that. I’m good at my job, irrespective of what I look like. Comments about my weight now don’t bother me.’
Starting out: The newswoman – who is on this season of I’m A Celebrity – first joined the ITV news team in 2008 – but revealed she was taunted over her appearance (pictured in 2013)
Charlene – who has son Alfie, five, and daughter Florence, three, with her TV executive partner Andy – revealed that she enjoys working out and keeping fit, but the goal is always to get ‘stronger’ not lose weight.
The broadcaster – who became the first black woman in history to present News At Ten in 2014 – will soon be seen in the I’m A Celebrity jungle when the series kicks off on November 6.
A source told The Sun: ‘Charlene is a great signing for the show. She’s got some strong opinions, but is really personable and will be good value around the Aussie campfire.
Touching down: The broadcaster will soon be seen in the I’m A Celebrity jungle when the series kicks off on November 6 (pictured landing in Australia this week)
‘They hope her journalistic background means she will eke out some illuminating conversations from her campmates, which shouldn’t be hard given some of the people she’ll be sleeping in a bunk next to.’
Boy George, Mike Tindall, A Place In The Sun’s Scarlette Douglass, Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner, Chris Moyles, Coronation Street star Sue Cleaver, Comedian Babatunde Aleshe and retired England star Jill Scott have also signed up for the programme.
In 2021, Charlene joined Loose Women as a lead anchor following Andrea McLean’s exit, and she continues to host the ITV Lunchtime News and early-evening edition, as well as ITV London.
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