‘I’m not afraid to bite back - I won’t let the trolls win’

For­mer TOWIE star Frankie Es­sex opens up about her bat­tle with de­pres­sion, and turn­ing to good pal Lau­ren Goodger in her fight against on­line bul­lies

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“I’m not afraid to bite back –I won’t let the trolls win” Frankie:

She hit back at body-sham­ing S trolls last week, shar­ing just one ex­am­ple of a cruel pri­vate mes­sage she’d been sent on­line that branded her “ugly” and “fat”.

And open­ing up to Closer, for­mer TOWIE star Frankie Es­sex – who has ad­mit­ted to suf­fer­ing with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety – says the abu­sive com­ments she re­ceives can some­times be so bad she can’t face leav­ing her home.

She says, “That mes­sage I shared re­ally hit a nerve be­cause I was hav­ing such a good day and had been feel­ing re­ally con­fi­dent up un­til I saw it. I get a lot of aw­ful mes­sages, but nearly ev­ery­one on TOWIE gets trolled as ev­ery­one has an opin­ion about you.

“It winds me up, be­cause if I was hav­ing a down day or was on my own, I could have read that and stayed in­doors all day. These trolls just make me an­gry.”

BODY-SHAM­ING

The 30 year old has pub­licly bat­tled her weight over the years, yo-yoing be­tween a size 16 and a size 8. Last year, she shed 2st – drop­ping from 13st to 10st 4lbs – through in­tense train­ing and a healthy diet.

But in Au­gust, she re­vealed she’d put on a stone af­ter a painful knee in­jury left her un­able to ex­er­cise. Weeks later, she vowed never to wear a bikini again af­ter a fel­low hol­i­day­maker called her “fat” while she was cel­e­brat­ing her 30th birth­day in Spain.

Frankie tells us, “My knee in­jury meant I couldn’t go to the gym. I locked my­self away and I did go through a bad patch; I just ate loads and put on weight. Then I went on hol­i­day and some­one called me fat while I was wear­ing a bikini. That was hard for me to hear.”

One per­son who Frankie says she can lean on for sup­port and ad­vice is her close pal and for­mer TOWIE co-star Lau­ren Goodger, 31 – who has also en­dured con­stant on­line abuse over her fluc­tu­at­ing fig­ure.

Frankie ex­plains, “Lau­ren has been a rock for me. We help each other out and give each other ad­vice. If I need her, she’ll drop ev­ery­thing and be with me all day. She gets so much hate on­line and I just wish peo­ple would leave her alone. She looks re­ally well, but this kind of neg­a­tive at­ten­tion can bring on eat­ing dis­or­ders.

“She’s al­ways told me to be strong and that ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be all right. Lau­ren and I are re­ally sim­i­lar be­cause we both have sta­ble re­la­tion­ships with our fam­i­lies, but mad ones with men!”

TUR­BU­LENT LOVE LIFE

Frankie, who is cur­rently sin­gle, has spo­ken about her rocky ro­mances in the past. She ad­mit­ted her tur­bu­lent three-year re­la­tion­ship with ex-boyfriend John Lyons – who she split from in 2015 – caused her to gain weight af­ter turn­ing to food for a boost.

She says, “I com­fort-ate with John be­cause I was fed up with be­ing in a bad

Frankie – here last month – vowed never to wear a bikini af­ter she was called “fat”

She turned to food in the wake of her split from John

The star says pal Lau­ren is al­ways there for her

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