Georgia ‘Toff’ Toffolo won over the hearts of the nation and made friends for life in camp during her time on I’m A Celebrity but the Queen of the Jungle has admitted she hasn’t always been so popular.
The Made In Chelsea star has revealed she was terribly bullied when she was younger and her treatment was so bad, her parents were forced to send her to a new school.
The 23-year-old admitted she has tried to forget the traumatic experience that occurred when she was 12-years-old as it made her so unhappy.
“It was a really horrible time in my life and I can’t really remember it. I think I’ve blocked it out because it was so upsetting,” she told The Sun.
“A group of girls didn’t like me and picked on me on a daily basis. They were ever so bitchy.”
Toff said even thinking about it again can make her tearful as it was “a time in my life that I hated” but was she able to move on thanks to the support of her family.
She said she’s grateful to her parents for listening to her and sending her to a different private school in Devon where she was much happier and made many friends.
While Georgia said it was an awful experience to go through at a young age, it did shape her as a person and made her stronger in the jungle.
As a result, she was able to smash every Bushtucker Trial she was faced with and hold her own against the boys, winning herself a legion of fans along the way.
Her past also made her sympathetic to Iain Lee, who many viewers felt was a victim of bullying in camp with Jamie Lomas, Dennis Wise and Amir Khan ganging up on him.
Georgia was often seen staying out of any arguments but at times she did speak up for Iain.
She said on the whole, she preferred to avoid confrontation because she hates arguing, which is why she was so drawn to kind and calm campmate Stanley Johnson.
She explained: “When there was animosity in camp I could feel it. I would always remove myself from the drama by going for a work-out, a swim or hanging out with Stanley Johnson, who was mostly doing his own thing. So I didn’t experience any upset.
“Maybe by nature and because of my past I protect myself. The minute I feel any tension I take myself away. I really prefer to be positive.”
Now Toff has shown she’s had the last laugh on the school bullies as she’s turned into the nation’s sweetheart thanks to her bubbly personality.
She’s set to make millions following her I’m A Celeb victory as TV bosses battle to secure her for presenting roles, while she’s also in demand to endorse products and model swimwear and lingerie.