Charlie King revealed he is battling body dysmorphia in an emotional interview at Step’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4 on Monday.
The 36-year-old reality star rose to fame when he starred in TOWIE in 2012 when he dated Gemma Collins.
The reality star and personal trainer also lamented a failed nose job, which he had earlier done post the Covid-19 lockdown.
Candid: On Monday, 36-year-old Charlie King revealed he struggles with body dysmorphia in an emotional interview at Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.
Charlie admitted: ‘It’s a really exhausting thing when you can’t see what people tell you and I’m tired of it.
‘I’m at this point in my life, when I’m going to be 37 soon… I can’t stay in this cycle of not liking myself or being negative about myself when people come to me for inspiration .
‘I want to try and be happy and it’s just a constant flow of bad things and I want to try and control.’
He continued: ‘That’s why I want to sit here today and say enough is enough. I don’t care about perfection, I don’t want people looking for this perfection.
Pre surgery: The reality star and personal trainer also lamented the nose-prick she had earlier post the Covid-19 lockdown (pictured in 2017).
Draining: ‘It’s a very exhausting thing to do when you can’t see what people tell you and I’m tired of it. I can’t live in this cycle of not liking myself’ admits Charlie
‘If you find yourself isolating yourself or you’re looking at or comparing yourself, start getting help. Listen to those who say you are fine, you are fine…’
Explaining where his problems with body dysmorphia began, Charlie said: ‘It’s been a pretty tough time, this past four years in particular, it all came to a head… I am addressing and working through it.
‘If I look at the big picture, it started in school, I was bullied a lot and it definitely affected me… I always felt awkward or not very confident.’
Former The Only Way Is Essex star poses as gay live on ITV’s This Morning in 2014
Charlie revealed that he is gay in a live interview on ITV’s This Morning back in 2014, and told Steph: ‘Fast forward to my days ahead, I struggle with the sexiness side of things on the show. Was …
‘That show was very image based, it was all about good bodies… there was always a pressure.
‘Then when I came out, there was a need to look attractive to men in my view and pressure to overcome my fear that being gay meant I lacked masculinity.
‘So I went and got tattoos, I grew up and went down this route that was what I needed to do in order to be a stable and attractive man.’
Body Transformation: ‘I went in and got tattoos, I grew up and went down this path that this was what I needed to do to be a stable and attractive man’ admits reality star (pictured in 2018)
Charlie then discussed having a cosmetic procedure on his nose, acknowledging what went wrong: ‘I started holding back with him because and I was like, I don’t want to be seen… my confidence again. It started chipping and I started falling back.’
He said: ‘When we got out of that first lockdown I went to a plastic surgeon who agreed that improvements could be made. So when you hear this and you’re already in a weak spot and self-conscious, I was like “sign me up, take me in”…
‘My surgery was number one, and very quickly when I could see it wasn’t right. The surgery did not go as planned.
Thankfully, Charlie is now getting help. He explained: ‘I am getting help, I have a good support network and I have therapy … it will be an ongoing thing … therapy helps me see the bigger picture …’
Failed surgery: Charlie discusses his nose surgery, admitting it went wrong: ‘I held back with him because and I was like, I don’t want to be seen…’ (February 2020 omitted picture)
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