I get fat shamed and called ugly by vile trolls, but it's only made me stronger, says Love Island's Liberty Poole | The Sun

LOVE Island star Liberty Poole has revealed the extent of the vile trolling she has received including being fat shamed.

Liberty, 23, also addressed the shock incident last month, where she was followed through an airport by a group of lads who shamefully mocked her for being a "catfish".

The reality star – who shot to fame on the ITV2 dating show in 2021 – said the nasty remarks have horrified her but admitted the incident made her stronger.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun at Kiss FM Haunted Halloween party, Liberty said: "I still get trolling to this day.

"I posted on TikTok the other night and I still get trolling where people say I've got a big tummy.

"You still get insecurities, but you've got to believe in yourself and not let it bother you."


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The blonde beauty – who was travelling to Spain last month on a girly trip – was shouted abuse by some leary men on a stag do.

Despite the upsetting encounter leaving her mortified, Liberty quickly used her social media platform to call out their unacceptable behaviour.

"I turned up with no makeup on and I got penalised for it by a couple people," Liberty said.

"I was on my way to Tenerife with my friends and these people were on a messy stag do and they were shouting it through the airport in front of other people and said, 'what's happened to her since Love Island' and shouting that I was a 'catfish' through the airport. 

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"A lot of people were around and then they got onto the plane and told the air hostesses what they said about me, like it was something to be proud of…they were sat too not far behind.

"As soon as I got off, I was looking not glam, which is fine and some girls asked for a photo, I say yes to everyone as I love meeting people and they then said to not worry as they'll put an Instagram filter on me.

"I won't lie, I did get upset and was left in tears as I'm a human being with feelings but in the end, I powered through it and thought I could sit here and let this eat me up and believe what these people say, or I can go out there and make a change and use my platform for the good."

The former waitress turned social media influencer admitted her stripped back unfiltered appearance does not warrant this kind of abuse.

Making a stand, Liberty said: "I put a social media post to turn something negative that happened to me into something positive.

"In life you're going to get knocked down and it's really all about knowing who you are and standing up for that.

"It's normal, on social media everyone posts their best pictures, you're always dolled up and I love getting glammed up, it's always been me.

"I've always been a fan of my big lashes, big lips, everything, I love all of that.

"But it's really important to let people know that you are going to have your down days and not going to feel as good sometimes. You're going to be natural and you're beautiful both ways.

"This is me with no makeup, no tan, no lashes, scraped back and I'm not going to apologise for that and I'm not going to make anyone make me feel sad. "

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She added: "So, if there is anything I can do with my platform is to help young girls know that and feel comfortable on social media.

"I speak from the heart and that's what I'll always do.

"What is good about social media, is that your job is being yourself, I get to be unapologetically me."

Liberty – who dated Jake Cornish in the famous villa – added that she is currently happily single, she said: "At the moment I'm open to dating, but I'm not looking for it, if it finds me, it finds me."

The star added that she is thrilled that popular presenter Maya Jama is the new Love Island host and said she will bring fresh energy to the show.

"I can't wait, I'm looking forward to it, I can't wait to see her – I think she's going to be fun, new energy, smash it," Liberty said.

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Liberty sensationally ended her romance with boyfriend Jake Cornish, 25, during her time in the villa, resulting in the pair quitting the ITV2 show together.

After Liberty and Jake quit the villa, the blonde babe refused to rule out claims her ex was "playing a game" in the villa after he was slammed by furious fans.

The former Nandos waitress has admitted that she doesn't know if he had a "game plan" when he coupled up with her.

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