By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Former professional footballer and Olympian, Alex Scott MBE has spoken up on how trolling affected her mental health.
The 36 years old pundit and TV presenter has spoken out on how the trolls affected her mental health and how she was left in a “really dark place” by the comments made about her.
Alex, who’s the new front cover star of Women’s Health magazine said: “I was in a really dark place…I was lonely. I’d go home and it felt like I was all on my own.
“[I’d think], I’ve got no one to talk to, no one knows what I’m experiencing or going through.
“Until, eventually, the only thing I could do was tell everyone. That was my, ‘I can’t take it any more, I need to tell you all what I’m going through’ moment.”
Alex went ahead to distinguish between critisms and trolling: “Being an athlete, you’re used to criticism, and I could always take that as a footballer in terms of: ‘I don’t think you had a good game.’
“But trolling – it’s not related to what I can improve. I went from being on screen doing a job I love to thinking: ‘I know what’s going to happen as soon as I step off this chair.” she concluded.
Alex also revealed that she went to therapy help her cope. She has referred to this as the “most enlightening thing” she’s ever done in her life.
During the Olympic coverage Lord Digby Jones, a former Government minister, criticised Alex’s accent. But this time, Alex wouldn’t take it laying down. She took to Twitter and retorted to Lord Digby’s troll, twitting: “I’m from a working class family in East London, Poplar, Tower Hamlets & I am PROUD.
“Proud of the young girl who overcame obstacles, and proud of my accent! It’s me, it’s my journey, my grit. Use your history to write your story. Keep striving, keep shining & don’t change for anyone.”